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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New York Kingsmen Motorcyle Club Gang Members Sentenced to Prison for RICO Conspiracy

Two Kingsmen Motorcycle Club gang members, who were convicted of RICO conspiracy, were sentenced today in the Western District of New York to 15 years and more than four years in prison, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. for the Western District of New York announced.

Gregory Willson, aka “Flip,” 52, of Allegany, New York, and Glen Stacharczyck, aka “Turbo,” 53, of Amherst, New York, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to serve 180 months and 57 months in prison, respectively. Judge Willson also sentenced Willson and Stacharczyck to serve three years of supervised release following their prison sentence.  Willson pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2017 to RICO conspiracy and was also sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Stacharczyck pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy on July 16.

According to the plea agreements of the two defendants, Willson was a member of the Springville Chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC) and a KMC Nomad, while Stacharczyck was a member of the North Tonawanda and the South Buffalo Chapters of the KMC.  The KMC operated in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.  The KMC Nomads did not belong to a particular chapter and were the enforcement and security arm of the KMC.

In September 2009, Willson admitted that he took a female victim from the state of New York to KMC clubhouses in the state of Pennsylvania. While visiting a KMC clubhouse in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Willson punched the victim in the face repeatedly, bloodying her face to the point where her eyes were swollen shut, after the two had a verbal altercation.  Neither the defendant nor any other KMC members or associates called for medical attention.  Willson then brought the woman back to New York where he and his mother cleaned up the female and kept her secluded against her will, for several days, in order to conceal her injuries.

On June 7, 2013, Willson and other KMC members forcibly shut down the Springville Chapter and stripped members of their colors because they were non-compliant members. Brandishing firearms, KMC members struck a victim in the head with a blunt object and stole items from the Springville clubhouse.  They then used bleach to clean areas where the victim bled and cut and removed portions of the rug, which contained blood.  As a result of the assault, Willson was elevated to the position of Nomad within the KMC.  A KMC Nomad was a KMC member that was not required to regularly attend meetings but was expected to serve the interests of the KMC enterprise including fighting other clubs and committing violent crimes.  

On Aug. 3, 2013, while at a KMC party, after learning that the former Springville KMC members were taking pictures wearing KMC patches and taunting the KMC, Willson and others decided to conduct a drive-by shooting. They drove to the former Springville KMC clubhouse where they located the former members.  At that point, they opened the sliding door on the side of the van and one of the defendant’s accomplices fired twice with a shotgun towards the group of former Springville KMC members who were outside.  One of the shots struck a vehicle, which was parked near where one of the targeted former KMC members was standing. 

In addition, Willson stored cocaine for sale at his then-girlfriend’s house in Buffalo, New York.  On Aug. 9, 2013, a firearm belonging to Willson, ammunition and a quantity of cocaine were recovered during the execution of a search at the residence. 

On July 31, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Willson’s Allegany residence and law enforcement officers recovered KMC paraphernalia, a quantity of marijuana, a quantity of psilocybin (“mushrooms”), a firearm and ammunition.  The defendant was previously convicted of felonies in both Federal and Cattaraugus County, New York Court and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Also, according to the plea agreements, KMC members and associates used and distributed marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances at the North Tonawanda and South Buffalo KMC Chapter Clubhouses.  KMC members were also involved in firearm sales.  Stacharczyck also possessed firearms.

Willson and Stacharczyck are two of 21 KMC members and associates charged in this case. To date, all of the defendants have been convicted or pleaded guilty, including National President David Pirk, who was convicted following a four-month jury trial and will be sentenced on Feb. 28, 2019.

Today’s sentencings are the culmination of an investigation led by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gary Loeffert. Assisting in the investigation were the FBI Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, Florida field offices; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Erie County Sheriff’s Office; the Buffalo Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the New York State Police; the Olean Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Amherst Police Department; the City of North Tonawanda Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department and the Hamburg Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Marianne Shelvey of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane of the Western District of New York. 

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Violent Crime
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Press Release Number: 
18-1634
Updated December 12, 2018