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Bandidos leaders Jeffrey Pike, Xavier Portillio responsible in homicide of rival gang head

Two former leaders of the Bandidos Bike Membership had been discovered responsible of 13 expenses for the homicide of the 2006 homicide of a rival gang chief, a federal jury in San Antonio, Texas dominated Thursday.

Bandidos Nationwide President Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, Texas, and Nationwide Vice President Xavier Portillio, 58, San Antonio, had been discovered responsible of homicide and different expenses after a three-month trial.

Prosecutors offered proof that in 2006, Pike and Portillo ordered different Bandidos members to homicide Anthony Benesh. On the time, Mr. Benesh was making an attempt to start out a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels Outlaw Bike Group in Austin. Members of the Bandidos warned Mr. Benesh to cease his actions and recruitment, which he ignored, based on court docket paperwork.

Mr. Benesh was murdered by a number of Bandidos on March 18, 2006, exterior an Austin pizza restaurant.

Jurors additionally discovered that Portillo and others killed Robert Lara in January 2002 as payback for killing a member of the Bandidos in October 2001. Portfolio and Pike had been additionally discovered responsible of conspiring to homicide and assault members of the rival Cossacks Outlaw Bike Group. Testimony throughout trial revealed that Portillo declared the Bandidos had been “at war” with the Cossacks. A lot of violence acts had been dedicated by the Bandidos round Texas as a part of the “conflict,’ the Justice Division mentioned.

Trial proof additionally revealed that Portillo and different members of the Bandidos had been trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine.

Each defendants withstand a life in jail. Sentencing for Portillo is on September 24 and Pike is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct 1.

“I’m immensely pleased with our prosecution workforce and our law-enforcement companions for this profitable prosecution,” said United States Legal professional John F. Bash. “What this verdict shows more than anything is that the Department of Justice is fully capable of stripping away a veneer of legitimate activity to expose and punish underlying criminal conduct. Others should take note.”

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