RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After weeks of deliberation, a jury hands down a verdict for the president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.
Three members of the group, as well as, the group's national president, were found guilty of racketeering and other charges.
Outlaws president Jack Rosga, also known as Milwaukee Jack, showed no reaction when the jury's verdict was read in a Richmond Federal Court on Tuesday.
During the two-week trial, prosecutors claimed Milwaukee Jack headed up a highly-organized criminal enterprise responsible for a series of violent crimes in Virginia, most of them targeting rival Hells Angels.
"There was a fight last year a bar in Petersburg where a number of Outlaws showed up with firearms looking to entice other motorcycle gangs in a deadly fight," said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia.
ATF agents pretended to be bikers and helped the outlaws set up a clubhouse in Petersburg.
The undercover investigation resulted in 27 arrests. The charges include attempted murder, drugs, robbery, intimidation and witness tampering.
Prosecutors say today's verdict strikes a blow to the organization.
"The goal is to put them out of business. Virginia is a safe place today because ATF agents put their lives on the line to bring this case. Thanks to their sacrifice, the leadership of this gang has been brought to justice, along with the enforcers who carried out his orders," said MacBride.
Defense attorneys accuse the government of entrapment. They say the feds only charged Milwaukee Jack because he's the president and that they are punishing the entire club for the bad acts of a few.
This was the second trial for Milwaukee Jack. In November, jurors failed to reach a verdict on charges of conspiracy and racketeering.
Milwaukee Jack along with Mark Jason Fiel, Harry Rhyne McCall, Christopher Timbers will be Sentenced April 8th
Also today, Dennis Haldermann, a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Chesterfield, was acquitted of a violence in aid of racketeering charge.