Hells Angels biker gets 30 months in prison

The last of the Hells Angels who faced federal charges in the 2002 Laughlin River Run shootout was sentenced Thursday.

Frederick Donahue of Rodeo, Calif., was sent to prison for 30 months. In November, he pleaded guilty to one charge of violent crime in aid of racketeering.

Although Donahue was on the run for five years after he and fellow motorcycle club members were indicted, U.S. District Judge James Mahan did not levy a harsher penalty. The sentence was in line with the terms six other Hells Angels received after entering a plea deal in 2006.

Donahue, who surrendered to authorities, played a key role in the deadly melee that took place at Harrah’s Laughlin in the early hours of April 27, 2002, according to the government. Donahue brought a gun into the casino by hiding it under his bandana and later shot at the club’s rivals, the Mongols.

Three people were fatally wounded in the incident. Hells Angels Jeramie Dean Bell, 27, of Hughson, Calif., and Robert Emmet Tumelty, 50, of Stockton, Calif., died of gunshot wounds. Mongols member Anthony Salvador Barrera, 43, was stabbed to death.

Charges against 36 Hells Angels were dismissed in 2006. Members claim they were partying at the casino when the Mongols arrived and pulled knives and guns.

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