St. Louis (KSDK) -- Seven members of the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle gang, including two St. Louisans, were convicted Friday in federal court of racketing conspiracy, and related charges including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence.
The U.S. Attorney's Office of Eastern Missouri said St. Louisan Dominic Henley, a/k/a "Bishop" was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder on January 29, 2012. The jury found that Henley and other members of the Wheels of Soul went to East St. Louis planning to commit the murders of several members of a rival motorcycle club at the annual Black New Year event.
Timothy Balle, a/k/a "T," 58, also of St. Louis, was also convicted of sale of a firearm to a previously convicted felon for a transaction. He sold an SKS assault rifle to a fellow member of the Wheels of Soul.
The jury also returned guilty verdicts against the Wheels of Soul's national Vice-President, James C. Smith, a/k/a "Animal," 66, of Philadelphia, Jerry Elkins, a/k/a "Shakka," 49, of Aurora, Colorado; Marshall Fry, a/k/a "Bo," 34, of Lewisville, Texas; and Anthony Robinson, a/k/a "Blade," 26, of Chicago, Illinois. Robinson was also convicted of two separate murders in aid of racketeering activity, the first of which occurred on January 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, and the second of which occurred some 60 days later in Marion, Ohio. As a result of these convictions, Robinson faces a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
The investigation into the Wheels of Soul began in early 2009 in St. Louis and grew to include seven other states.
The case was a joint investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations in St. Louis and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Chicago, Illinois. The United States Attorney also commended the work of the Chicago Police Department, the Gary (IN) Police Department, the Marion (OH) Police Department, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the St. Louis County Police Department, all of which participated in the extensive investigation.