News Item: Jurors return final verdicts for two bikers
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Sunday 02 July 2006 - 16:39:46

STOCKTON - Jurors deciding the fates of two Stockton bikers returned with final verdicts Friday afternoon, finding Robert Kenneth Memory guilty on two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter.

The verdicts bring an end to the trial of Memory, 36, and Frankie Joe Prater, 41, both members of Stockton's Jus Brothers Motorcycle Club.

The two convicted men were accused in the Nov. 5, 2004, brawl outside of Shakers bar off Country Club Boulevard that left 22-year-old Mark Donahue dead and two other men at the bar with serious stab wounds.

Memory and Prater are scheduled to appear next before San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus for sentencing on Aug. 10. They remain in custody at the San Joaquin County Jail.

Jurors delivered verdicts against the two men in piecemeal announcements, emerging to give verdicts and then filing back to the jury room to decide on the next set of charges.

Last month, the jury first announced the biggest conviction in the case, finding Prater guilty of second-degree murder for killing Donahue by stabbing him in the chest with a knife.

Prater then fled on his motorcycle along with Memory. Prater could be sentenced to as much as 15 years to life in prison.

Attorneys for Prater and Memory argued in the trial that the two bikers were defending themselves as a drunken group of young men attacked them. Donahue stumbled into the brawl and made a fatal decision to get involved, according to court testimony.

On Thursday, jurors announced that Memory was guilty of two counts of felony assault with a knife for stabbing bar patrons Derek Scott and Jeremy Miller. The jury that day appeared split, and the jury foreman told Lofthus that he doubted any further deliberations would help jurors decide the remaining charges. Three other jurors disagreed and told the judge more time might help them reach a verdict.

Friday afternoon, they found Memory, seen as an accomplice in Donahue's murder, guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter with a knife for stabbing both Scott and Miller.

Juror Suzette Haines said the deliberations were draining.

"Do I feel satisfied?" she said, commenting on the deliberations as she left the jury room. "I feel OK with the decisions we made. Mostly, I'm glad it's over."

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