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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Former Kingsmen Motorcycle Club Member Sentenced For RICO Conspiracy

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - James P. Kennedy, Jr. today that announced today that Sean McIndoo, who was convicted of RICO conspiracy, was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was a member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC), a criminal organization which engaged in such crimes as distribution of controlled substances, maintaining premises for use and distribution of controlled substances, possession, use and sale of firearms, sales of untaxed cigarettes, and promoting prostitution. The KMC sought to preserve and protect their power, territory, and reputation through intimidation, violence, threats of violence, assaults, attempted murder and murders, and was involved in placing victims, potential victims, potential witnesses, and others in fear of the enterprise, its members, and associates, through violence and threats of violence.  The defendant admitted that he possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

McIndoo also admitted that on August 3, 2013, the defendant and other KMC members conducted a drive-by shooting targeting former KMC Springville Chapter members. On that date, the defendant and the other KMC members, from a van, fired a weapon twice; one bullet struck a vehicle parked near one of the targeted victims.

A total of 20 defendants were charged and convicted in this case, including KMC National President David Pirk and Andre Jenkins, who were each sentenced to serve multiple terms of life in prison.

Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation led by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. Assisting in the investigation were the FBI Knoxville, Tennessee and Jacksonville, Florida Field Offices; Homeland Security Investigations; the North Tonawanda Police Department; the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office; 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 Town of Tonawanda Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department; and, the Hamburg Police Department. 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Updated June 19, 2019