Monday, August 31, 2015

Massachusetts graves tell history of HAMC

LOWELL, Mass. Every spring, the two dozen or so members of the Lowell Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, all wearing leather jackets adorned with club-logo patches or "colors," roar into Westview Cemetery on Harley Davidson motorcycles to pay homage to six fallen comrades. The bikers place a flower wreath at a massive black headstone.

The headstone has the inscription: "Hells Angels M.C. Lowell. The Earth is Hell and on it there are Hells Angels. They lived the life they loved and they loved the life they lived. Yea Hells Angels."
Hells Angels members were murdered in a 1974 gang-style execution in Florida by Outlaw motorcycle gang members. The murdered men were shot in the back of the head and their bodies dumped. Officials speculated they were in Florida to buy drugs. Dave Brow, a now-retired photographer for The Sun, recalls covering a funeral at the McDonough Funeral Home for a Lowell Hells Angel member in the 1970s. Brow said was shocked when he was allowed inside the funeral parlor, where bikers poured beer into the casket as part of a ritual to pay homage to the fallen member.

Three co-defendants, Marc Eliason, 37, of Lynn; Robert DeFronzo, 47, of Saugus; and Brian Weymouth, 42, of Danvers, pleaded guilty to similar charges.
On Feb 5 Sean Barr, 50, leader of the Salem Chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to conspiring to commit violent crimes in aid of racketeering, maiming in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and assault resulting serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering.

Marc Eliason

Robert Defronzo
Barr, Eliason, DeFronzo and Weymouth were involved in luring the victim, who was targeted for failing to follow orders issued by the Salem Hells Angels, and assaulting the victim. The victim was targeted because he failed to assault a former member of the Salem Hells Angels, who had been “put out bad” from the Hells Angels.

At the Byfield clubhouse, the victim was surrounded by the defendants and beaten. During the assault, Barr used a ballpeen hammer, a favored weapon of the Hells Angels, to maim the victim by breaking a number of bones in the victim’s hand. Eliason and Weymouth then stole the victim’s motorcycle.

Nikolas Avelis, 54, said to be the president of the Red Devils
Pursuant to their respective plea agreements with the government, Barr and Eliason have each agreed to sentences of 97 months in prison, and DeFronzo and Weymouth have each agreed to sentences of 57 months in prison.