CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two members of the Last Rebels Motorcycle Club who had pleaded guilty to helping strip jean jackets from members of a smaller club will avoid prosecution if they stay out of trouble for a year.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston rejected the plea deal of Jeffrey Wayne Jett, 49, of Clarksburg, saying that the agreed-to facts were sufficient to prove the crime that had been charged.
Instead of taking Jett's case to trial, federal prosecutors agreed to drop the charge against him if he avoided any additional run-ins with the law for a year.
Anthony Wayne "Big Daddy" Peters, 38, of Bloomingrose, had pleaded guilty to the same charge as Jett, so prosecutors gave him the same deal.
The charges against Jett, Peters and three other members of the Last Rebels stem from an April 2008 incident with members of the Next of Kin, a family-oriented riding club formed by two married couples.
The Last Rebels were a support club for the Pagans Motorcycle Club, meaning they were aligned with, and subordinate to, the bigger, national club.
At a previous hearing, Eric Wayne "Tree" Lyttle, another Last Rebel who was involved in the encounter in Racine, said the Last Rebels were ordered to take Next of Kin's jean jackets by Floyd B. "Jesse" Moore, the Pagans' national vice president.
Lyttle said he was afraid that his wife and family might be harmed if he didn't follow Moore's orders, which were discussed at Last Rebels meetings.
April Smith, one of the members of Next of Kin who was present during the confrontation, testified previously that she initially was angry that they were being forced to give up their jackets, but she quickly became anxious, with several of the Last Rebels, including Jett, standing menacingly near the two couples.