CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The man who spent 20 years as the highest-ranking member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club was sentenced Monday in federal court to 30 months in prison for possessing two illegal guns.
In June, David Keith "Bart" Barbeito admitted that he had a Colt .45 with an obliterated serial number and an unregistered semi-automatic shotgun known as a "streetsweeper."
Federal agents found the guns when they searched Barbeito's Myersville, Md., home, less than five miles from the presidential retreat at Camp David, as they arrested 55 members and associates of the Pagans named in a sweeping racketeering indictment unsealed in October 2009.
Barbeito, 50, also admitted that he received thousands of dollars in raffle proceeds from Pagans chapters up and down the Eastern seaboard, some of which was collected in St. Albans by Pagans national vice president Floyd "Jesse" Moore.
But U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston said he was not punishing Barbeito for the raffle charges, referring to that part of the case as "prosecutorial overreaching."
"Facing prison time for running a raffle is ridiculous," he said.
Johnston added that one doesn't become the leader of a multi-state organization like the Pagans without exercising some degree of control or approval of the group's activities.
Echoing defense attorney Stanley Needleman, Johnston called Barbeito "an enigma," with a stark contrast between his participation in the Pagans and his family life.
"Outside of the Pagans, you appear to be a decent family man who is raising four children in a stable environment," the judge said. "In my opinion, your role in the Pagans is balanced by your apparently exemplary personal life."
Many members of Barbeito's family sat in the gallery during the hearing, including his father, wife and children. Several children wore black T-shirts with "Free Bart" emblazoned on the front.
Barbeito told Johnston that the 14 months he has spent in custody since his arrest have been hardest on his children.
Needleman said that Barbeito came from a close-knit community centered around Frederick, Md.