Ex-Gary lawyer gets 23 years in racketeering case

2013-04-23T20:15:00Z 2013-04-23T21:25:05Z Ex-Gary lawyer gets 23 years in racketeering caseSt. Louis Post-Dispatch Staff Reports nwitimes.com
April 23, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

ST. LOUIS | Former Gary lawyer Jerry "Angel" Peteet was sentenced in federal court to 23 years in prison on racketeering conspiracy charges for his involvement in a motorcycle gang. 

Peteet, 50, and Anthony "Blade" Robinson, 26, of Chicago, are the last of two dozen Wheels of Soul "outlaw" motorcycle gang members to be sentenced after a federal investigation that started in St. Louis in 2009 and spanned at least 25 states.

Robinson's conviction of murder last year required a life sentence without possibility of parole. He was also sentenced to life for racketeering conspiracy. Peteet is a former club lawyer convicted of racketeering conspiracy and sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison.

Prosecutors have portrayed the Wheels of Soul as a violent group involved in drive-by shootings and armed robberies and in violent feuds with rival gangs.

Some members were accused in shootings in Illinois, Colorado, Ohio and Indiana, and other crimes in several other states.

In December, a jury found seven gang members guilty of racketeering, conspiracy, attempted murder and murder charges after a seven-week trial. Many of those charges stemmed from an armed robbery and shooting of rival gang members in August 2009 in St. Louis.

Dominic Henley, the gang's St. Louis chapter president, was sentenced last week to 17 years in prison, prosecutors said. Timothy Balle, also of St. Louis, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Most of the two dozen men charged in connection with the case pleaded guilty of various charges.

Allan "Dog" Hunter, of Chicago, the gang's former Midwest chapter president, was sentenced in January to 8½ years in prison after he admitted to conspiring to deal crack cocaine, approving a hit on a rival gang member in East St. Louis, asking another member to build and transport pipe bombs and conspiring to dispose of guns used in a 2011 fatal shooting.

The gang was featured in a 2005 PBS documentary that described the gang as the country's only racially mixed "outlaw" motorcycle club that terrorized "pushers, pimps and gang members" and was praised by some police for maintaining control in troubled neighborhoods.

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