EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Members of a national motorcycle club were convicted in federal court Thursday on charges of racketeering conspiracy after a trial that lasted more than 30 days.
Along with racketeering conspiracy, members of the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Club were charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence.
Court records say Dominic "Bishop" Henley, 34, of St. Louis was convicted with racketeering conspiracy as well as conspiracy to commit murder on January 29, 2011. The jury found that Henley and other members of the club had traveled to East St. Louis, Illinois in order to murder several members of a rival motorcycle club at the annual Black New Year event.
Timothy "T" Balle, 58, of St. Louis was convicted for the sale of a firearm to a convicted felon. Balle is said to have sold a SKS rifle to a fellow member of Wheels of Soul.
The jury also gave guilty verdicts to the Wheels of Soul's national Vice-President, James "Animal" Smith, 66, from Philadelphia, Jerry "Shakka" Elkins, 49, from Aurora, Colorado, Marshall "Bo" Fry, 34, of Lewisville, Texas and Anthony "Blade" Robinson, 26, from Chicago, Illinois.
Robinson was also convicted of two murders in aid of racketeering activity. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
The investigation into the Wheels of Soul, which has 400 members, has been ongoing since 2009 in St. Louis and grew to seven other states.