Getting The Gypsy Joker
Source: The Aging Rebel
Getting The Gypsy Joker
If what the expensive, high priority, slow motion federal racketeering case against the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club is and is not about was not obvious before, it became obvious yesterday. The case is not about a “community at risk” and respect “for law and order,” as Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division put it in a press release January 31. It is about getting the Gypsy Joker by any means necessary.
Six men are charged with “conspiring to conduct and participate in the activities of a racketeering enterprise.”
Four of them, named Mark Leroy Dencklau, Earl Deverle Fisher, Ryan Anthony Negrinelli and Joseph Duane Folkerts are charged with “murder in aid of racketeering; kidnapping in aid of racketeering, resulting in death; kidnapping resulting in death; and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, resulting in death for the June 30 to July 1, 2015 kidnapping and murder of Robert Huggins, a former GJMC member and resident of southeast Portland, for the purpose of maintaining and increasing their positions in the GJMC criminal enterprise.”
In the same indictment unsealed this year, Gypsy Joker national president Kenneth Earl Hause is accused of numerous offenses over many years as the leader of a “criminal enterprise.”
A sixth man, Tiler Evan Pribbernow is charged only with racketeering conspiracy.
Oregon pursued Huggins murder as a state case for three years and was unable to secure a conviction.
The case went federal on June 28, 2018, apparently after Pribbernow agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. In return for his cooperation with the prosecution, Pribbernow will be allowed to plead guilty to racketeering and can avoid the murder and kidnapping charges Dencklau, Fisher, Negrinelli and Folkerts face.
Prosecutors and defenders expect Pribbernow to be the key witness in any forthcoming trial and the conviction of the other defendants largely rests on whether a jury believes him or not.
Racketeering conspiracy typically carries a sentence of 20 years in prison but it is possible that Pribbernow could be sentenced to much less than that.
Yesterday at a pre-trial hearing Negrinelli’s lawyer, Matthew Schindler told federal district judge Robert E. Jones that Pribbernow admitted to police that he actually killed Huggins by hitting him in the head with a baseball bat.
Schindler called Pribbernow’s plea deal “outrageous.”
“Tiler Pribbernow did it because he’s a lunatic,” Schindler told the judge. “We’ve seen one witness statement, and that statement is the statement of the murderer…. He killed this guy.”
And he is still the prosecution’s star witness.