ST. LOUIS -- The last two of 24 members of an outlaw biker gang indicted on charges including racketeering, robbery and murder have been sentenced.
Anthony “Blade” Robinson, 26, of Chicago, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to life in prison without parole. He was convicted of murder last year. Meanwhile, Jerry “Angel” Peteet, 50, a once-prominent attorney in Gary, Ind., was sentenced to 23 years in prison for racketeering. He is a former lawyer for the club.
All two dozen cases were heard in St. Louis, stemming from the 2011 indictment that named members of the Wheels of Soul gang. Most of the men pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors said the violent gang members were involved in drive-by shootings, armed robberies, drug dealing. The gang was headquartered in Philadelphia but had 400 members in 25 states.
The indictment described a well-organized but extraordinarily violent organization, responsible for at least three killings, with branches throughout the country. A few members of the gang achieved “1%er,” or “Diamond” status for particularly violent activity, the indictment alleged.
The indictment alleged that members shot and killed a member of the Sin City Titans gang in St. Louis in 2009, just weeks after a meeting in which they were told that Wheels of Soul’s “Mother Chapter” in Philadelphia had declared “open season” on the rival gang.
Among other accusations: One member allegedly stabbed another person in the head during a fight at a Chicago motorcycle club, then shot another in the stomach. The indictment said gang members were required to carry weapons, mostly guns but also hammers, knives and others.
Gang members raised money through robberies and by distributing drugs, especially crack cocaine, but also heroin, the indictment alleged.