Clarksville Mongols Motorcycle Gang Members Sentenced for Violent Crimes

Eighteen members and associates of the Clarksville Mongols Motorcycle Club were sentenced for RICO conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, and drug trafficking.

Eighteen members and associates of the Clarksville chapter of the Mongols Motorcycle Club have been sentenced for their involvement in violent crimes and large-scale drug trafficking, announced Henry C. Leventis, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. The last remaining defendant, James Hines, 47, was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison today.

According to court documents, the Clarksville Mongols engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity from 2015 through 2018, including murder, kidnapping, assaults, narcotics trafficking, robbery, extortion, money laundering, and witness tampering. The gang’s violent acts began with the kidnapping and murder of a young mother in May 2015, followed by the establishment of drug trafficking operations with the help of Mongols members from California.

The Clarksville Mongols’ criminal activities culminated in the kidnapping and murder of a former member in November 2017. The victim was held hostage, beaten, tortured, and ultimately killed by driving a tent stake through his head.

Sentences for the eighteen defendants ranged from time served to life plus 30 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Clarksville Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Kentucky State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathryn Risinger and Chris Suedekum for the Middle District of Tennessee and Trial Attorney Matthew Mattis with the Justice Department’s Violent Crime and Racketeering Section prosecuted the case.

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