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Illinois Hells Angels Leader Gets 9 Years In Prison

6:55 AM, Jul 26, 2006   |    comments
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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- A former Chicago Hells Angels leader was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for his part in a decade-long racketeering and narcotics ring. Melvin Chancey, 38, pleaded guilty in January to federal racketeering and drug charges, admitting that he dealt cocaine and methamphetamine in the 1990s while conspiring with fellow bikers to threaten and intimidate other motorcycle gangs. Chancey acknowledged that he took part in the 1994 shooting of a rival club member in Cook County, along with a 1995 scheme where threats were made to blow up a rival gang's clubhouse in Kankakee. His plea deal shaved about 10 years off his potential sentence Monday. Two other former Hells Angels chapter leaders caught in the federal investigation were sentenced last month. David Ohlendorf, 40, a leader of the Spring Valley chapter, was sentenced to just under four years in prison. Richard Abrams, 41, of Rockford was sentenced to three years. James White, 50, a president of the Rockford chapter, withdrew his guilty plea and is expected to stand trial later this year. Prosecutors allege the men were behind shootings, beatings and threats against rival gang members and others to clear the way for drug deals in northern Illinois. The conspiracy protected sales of cocaine and methamphetamine with a street value of $624,000 from 1993 through 2002, according to prosecutors. (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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