ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The final members of an outlaw motorcycle gang were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.
Seven members of the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Club, including two St. Louisans, were convicted in federal court December 2012 of racketing conspiracy, and related charges including murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence.
Anthony Robinson, a/k/a "Blade," 26, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment Tuesday without the possibility of parole. Jerry Peteet, a/k/a "Angel," 50, a former criminal defense attorney of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced to 276 months in federal prison.
The Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Club was a nationwide motorcycle gang based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The gang claimed to be the largest mixed-race outlaw motorcycle club in the country, with more than 400 members, and chapters in at least 25 states. The St. Louis chapter of the Wheels of Soul was part of the Midwest region of the group, which included chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The investigation into the Wheels of Soul began in 2009 in St. Louis and grew to include seven other states.
In August 2009, St. Louis chapter president Dominic Henley, a/k/a "Bishop," and Timothy Balle, a/k/a "T," 58, also of St. Louis, committed an armed robbery in which they stole the motorcycle colors of a rival gang. Days later, Henley and Balle were involved in a fight at the annual Black New Year event in East St. Louis and shot and killed members of the Sin City Titans motorcycle club.
Henley was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder on January 29, 2012. He was sentenced last week to 204 months in federal prison.
Balle 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. He was convicted last week to 96 months in federal prison.
On June 9, 2011, a federal grand jury indicted Anthony Robinson and others in the racketeering conspiracy. Robinson was arrested at his Chicago home in July 2011.
Most of the indicted members of the Wheels of Soul gang pleaded guilty and admitted their involvement in the conspiracy. Others admitted to committing violent crimes in furtherance of said conspiracy.
The case was a joint investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations in St. Louis and Philadelphia; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives offices in Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Louisville, Youngstown/Columbus, and Sacramento; the United States Marshals Service; the Federal Bureau of Prisons; the State's Attorney's Offices in Cook County, Illinois and LaPorte County, Indiana; as well as the Chicago Police Department, the Gary (IN) Police Department, the Indianapolis Police Department, the Marion (OH) Police Department, the Columbus Police Department, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the St. Louis County Police Department, all of which participated in the extensive investigation.