Federal judge gives Gary attorney Peteet 23 years
Post-Tribune Staff Report April 23, 2013 7:02PM
Updated: May 25, 2013 6:36AM
Gary defense attorney Jerry “Angel” Peteet received a 23-year sentence Tuesday from a federal judge in St. Louis for attempted murder and racketeering.
His attorney, Darnail Lyles of Gary, said Peteet, 50, would appeal the conviction handed down by a federal jury in St. Louis in December.
Peteet is in Warren County Jail near St. Louis but will be moved to a federal penitentiary. Lyles said he’s requested a prison near Chicago or Milwaukee so Peteet’s family can visit him.
The charges stemmed from a federal case involving the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang activities that began in St. Louis, but eventually spanned to defendants in seven other states, including Peteet.
Peteet was convicted of shooting Robert Taylor during a “bike night” at a Gary restaurant March 2009.
Peteet belonged to the Wheels of Soul bike club, while Taylor was part of the Sin City Desciples motorcycle club.
Taylor told police he was selling tickets when Peteet shot him in the hip. Both Peteet and Taylor testified before the federal jury.
Lyles said his client didn’t shoot Taylor. He said Peteet had only been a member of Wheels of Soul for two weeks before the shooting.