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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rochester Hell’s Angel Sentenced For Baseball Bat Beating

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Robert W. Moran, Jr. aka Bugsy, 64, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.  Moran was also prohibited by Judge Siragusa from being a member of the Hell’s Angels for a year after his release from prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who handled the case, stated that on May 31, 2006, Moran – a member and officer of the Rochester Hell’s Angels – assaulted a patron at Spenders Bar, at 1600 Lyell Avenue in Rochester, with a baseball bat. The defendant beat the patron in the head and body with the bat after the patron made disparaging remarks about motorcycle clubs, including the Hell’s Angels. At the time of the assault, Moran was a member of the Rochester Hell’s Angels, which was an enterprise the members of which were engaged in racketeering activity, including drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit murder. The defendant committed the assault in order to maintain his position in the Rochester Hell’s Angels.
This case is part of a larger investigation that resulted in the indictment and arrest of members and associates of the Rochester and Monterey (California) Hell's Angels for drug trafficking and racketeering-related offenses in February 2012. Seven defendants were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  All of the defendants – Richard W. Mar, James H. McAuley, Jr., Donna Boon, Jeffrey A. Tyler, Richard E. Riedman, and Paul Griffin, have been convicted for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy.
In addition, Gina Tata was convicted of  being an accessory after the fact to the conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity.  Another defendant, Timothy M. Stone, was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the assault.

Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gary T. Maha, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Craig Hanesworth, the City of Batavia Police Department, under the direction of Chief Sean Shawn Heubusch, and the Village of LeRoy Police Department.

Updated May 24, 2016