3 Motorcycle Gang Members Get LifeAP , Associated Press
Oct. 13, 2000 3:26 PM ET
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Three men from the Outlaws Motorcycle Club were sentenced to life in prison for a string of sometimes-deadly crimes that sprang in part from a turf war with the Hells Angels.
U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller on Thursday called the crimes an ``incredible series of barbaric acts we only find in Third World, uncivilized societies.''
Among the charges in the racketeering case were murder, bombing, arson and narcotics distribution.
Prosecutors said the Outlaws were trying to keep the Hells Angels and its affiliates out of their Midwestern territory.
One former Outlaws member testified that Randall ``Madman'' Miller had talked about how he and other Outlaws killed three people and bombed the clubhouse of a rival gang. Another admitted throwing a Molotov cocktail at the home of a rival gang member in 1994.
A jury found eight Outlaws guilty in June, and seven others reached plea agreements.
Miller and David A. ``Kid'' Kadlec were sentenced on Thursday to life in prison. Carl J. ``Jay'' Warneke received the same sentence on Wednesday.
The judge said he would have considered a harsher penalty for Miller if he could have.
Miller, 41, was sentenced for two slayings, his role in three others and other crimes, including bombings and beatings.
He was convicted of the August 1992 shooting of marijuana dealer Donald ``Domino'' Wagner and the April 1993 slaying of motorcycle repair shop owner Morris Gauger, 74.
Miller also was found to have played roles in the death of Gauger's 70-year-old wife, Ruth, and the deaths of Outlaw Walter Posniak and Hells Angel Michael Quale during a 1994 battle between the rival gangs near Buffalo, N.Y.
Kadlec was convicted for, among other things, setting up Wagner's slaying.
Warneke, 46, president of the Outlaw's Chicago (South Side) Chapter, was sentenced to life in the 1995 shooting death of Jack Castle, a Hells Angel.
Two other Outlaws officers were each sentenced to 24 years in prison: Robert A. ``Clay'' Kruppstadt, 36, who was vice president of the Outlaws Wisconsin/Stateline chapter; and Richard E. ``Richie'' Mroch, 34, vice president of the Outlaws Chicago (South Side) Chapter.
A 63-year-old defendant, Leslie ``Jack'' Jensen, was sentenced last Friday to 30 years in prison.