Two life sentences for Chicagoan convicted in biker club racketeering, slayings
A former Chicago man suspected in a deadly 2011 shootout at a South Side biker club was sentenced to two life sentences in prison without parole Tuesday after a nationwide racketeering investigation into an outlaw motorcycle gang.
FBI officials in St. Louis first began investigating the Wheels of Soul biker gang in 2009 after two members there allegedly robbed motorcycle club “colors” from other local residents, then fatally shot a member of another motorcycle club during a fight at a clubhouse days later, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Missouri.
Anthony Robinson, 26, was part of the club and is accused of fatally shooting a fellow Wheels of Soul member during a gunfight Jan. 2, 2012, at the Hawks Motorcycle Club, in the 100 block of West 75th Street.
Robinson allegedly pulled a gun on a member of the Street Soldiers, prompting an exchange of gunfire that left Bryan Glass, 39, fatally wounded, the release said. Robinson later sold a firearm matching the firearm that killed Glass to a government informant.
The hail of gunfire at the New Year’s party also killed Emmitt Suddoth, 38, and left five other people wounded, authorities said at the time.
Cook County Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan previously sentenced another suspect in the shootout, Charles Ervin, 29, to 14 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, the Sun-Times Media Wire reported previously.
Federal authorities also accused Robinson in the Oct. 31, 2009, slaying of off-duty corrections officer Thomas Tatum near a West Side social club, the release said.
A regional president of the Wheels of Soul biker gang had argued with Tatum — a member of the Brothers Keepers social club — earlier that night and gave Robinson a sawed-off shotgun he used to shoot Tatum in the back, authorities claim.
Robinson, also known as “Blade,” was arrested in July 2011 at his home in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street. A month earlier, a grand jury had indicted him and 21 others in the Wheels of Soul gang with racketeering conspiracy and other crimes, including committing violent crime and murder to further their racketeering.
Robinson was one of seven Wheels of Soul defendants who went to trial and was convicted in December 2012. He was sentenced Tuesday to serve two life sentences without the possibility of parole, the release said.
Anther Chicago-area man — former Gary, Ind., criminal defense attorney Jerry L. Peteet — was also sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison for his participation in the biker gang.