Thursday, September 24, 2009

Arizona Labels Angels Through Backdoor

The following as it was reported by staff here in the Phoenix area.

PHOENIX – For the first time in Arizona, a jury has labeled the Hells Angels a criminal street gang when they convicted a gang member in an assault case at a Scottsdale bar, officials say.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas made the announcement Wednesday, after a Maricopa County Superior Court jury handed down the verdict in the trial of Nathaniel Sample on September 15.

Sample was convicted of aggravated assault and of acting for the benefit of a criminal street gang, both felony charges.

Jurors were specifically asked by prosecutors to find that Sample's actions were in furtherance of the Hells Angels as a criminal street gang.

For the first time ever in Arizona, jurors did just that.

Officials say this is a significant development, as the Hells Angels are known for fighting allegations against the group labeling them a criminal street gang.

According to investigators, Sample severely beat a man on March 28, 2008 after he accidentally bumped into a member of the Hells Angels at the Billet Bar in Scottsdale.

The victim was kicked and punched as he lay on the ground and some witnesses reported they saw the victim being struck in the head with a beer bottle.

The fight ended when a woman threw herself on top of the victim screaming for the beating to stop.

Sample will be sentenced on November 2.

Thomas said about the case, "This verdict sends a message to all street gangs that their acts of violence and terror will not be tolerated."


  1. Interesting. The Billet Bar? I didn't know they hung out there.

  2. Bumped into an 81'er and get half killed. They believe in this one for all and all for one. Meaning they can't fight one on one. I've riddin with 1%er's and they all think that way. The brothers I rode, ride with a fight brakes out and the brother does the fighting. It's broken up when it could get stupid or someone is hurt too bad as it there is a winner and a loser. Lick your wounds and lets party or leave.

  3. I have mixed feelings about this. I hate that back door shit, but I also hate unnecessary violence. The dude got what he deserved.

  4. For years, all across the country there has been a movement to label them and others criminal gang. Makes me wonder how hard it will be for my, or some other, little group to be caught up in a mess at some future point??

  5. If a person is found guilty...lock him up.
    If a group is believed to have been a 'conspiracy'
    Trial them in open court.
    Sneaking in a backdoor pronouncement tends to make the informed publc think 'conspiracy'
    Except in this case..It's law enforcement doing the conspiring.
    This will not stand on appeal..
    No more than the judgement in CA did concerning confiscating the property of the Mongols.
    It was tossed out.

  6. WTF? Ok, I am not for terrorism or any of that crap...BUT..this is a load of crap. I'm not even for the 81 per say but I AM FOR THEIR RIGHTS.

    Thanks AZHD....the rest of this commentary will be in a post. I have too much to say about this, lol.

  7. I wonder if the old guard mob here in Boston and Providence was ever officially branded a criminal street gang. I wonder more how that works in LA and other places in Cali where there are plenty of street gangs that ride 4 wheels.

    Without knowing that it's tough to say here. I'm not into labeling people. Then again, there's the other side of it where you reap what you sow, if you wanna dance you have to pay the fiddler, etc.

    I always perceived the 81 as being tough. Generally a tough man doesn't kick a man once he's gone down. If the guy had really done me wrong, maybe. Bumping into me, accidentally OR on purpose? No way.

    Looks like wrong on both sides to me. The bottom line is I think you need more than 2 guns, some weed and a few missing VINS to label a group as big as the HA as anything other than a motorcycle club.