Rock Hill Hells Angels leader’s guilty plea stands
04/15/2013 11:56 PM
04/16/2013 6:55 AM
The “game” federal prosecutors said Rock Hill Hells Angels leader “Diamond Dan” Bifield tried to play with the courts after getting busted selling drugs and getting kickbacks in a criminal enterprise is over.
In this game, “Diamond Dan” lost. His wife, court documents, show, lost too.
So did 14 other outlaw bikers and associates who flaunted their disdain for the rules of society. Hells Angels claim to live by their own code – the so-called “1 percenters” who live by their own ways.
The Hells Angels must have forgotten the page in the codebook that says the United States government does not allow selling methamphetamine, cocaine and assault rifles to be used in crimes, money laundering and ongoing criminal enterprise kept alive by intimidation and fear.
Thursday in federal court, Dan and Lisa Bifield withdrew claims of prosecutorial misconduct and being treated illegally by the jail and prosecution system, despite having pleaded guilty months ago.
That change of heart came despite pages of previous claims from Dan Bifield, whom prosecutors called a “ringleader” of crime. He alleged that federal prosecutors and the FBI lied, cheated, swindled and engaged in misconduct in their dealings with the Hells Angels.
“It is right to say that there was no factual basis for any of those claims made by Mr. Bifield,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson, the federal prosecutor who spent the bulk of the past two years putting the 16 Hells Angels and associates in jail cells.
“Diamond Dan” of Batesburg-Leesville, who for years ran the Rock Hill Hells Angels chapter and later was second in command, also will not get back the diamond earring that was seized in a June raid. He is looking at 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges brought under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which usually translates as “years in federal prison without a chance for parole.”
Lisa Bifield will get at least seven years in prison after breaching her plea bargain to testify against other Hells Angels in exchange for a possible lighter sentence, Richardson said and court documents show.
Lisa Bifield refused to be a rat, and for her failure to come clean gets an extra two years in jail, at least.
Sixteen of the 20 Hells Angels indicted last summer have either pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial. Two were acquitted at trial; charges were dismissed against two others.
“A criminal gang,” is how Richardson described this particular bunch.
The court case proved these Hells Angels dealt in dope, guns and fear.
They claim to conform to no rules except that one that says you don’t squeal on each other – but a few Hells Angels broke that rule, too.
Now the Hells Angels will be confronted by the rules of the federal prison system.
Sentencings start May 9, when 10 of the Hells Angels – including the Bifields – are sentenced in federal court. Four more who went to trial and were found guilty of mayhem involving drugs and guns face sentencing June 19 and afterward, and will get up to life in prison. Two of the Hells Angels who cooperated with prosecutors already have received lighter sentences.
The major players, the big fish of the 20 arrested in June in a huge raid across both Carolinas, were all caught, gaffed and netted.
No longer will these people who do not allow anything but whites in their group fly a Confederate flag at clubhouses.
The last to argue about claims of innocence were the Bifields. Despite having already pleaded guilty, they wanted to withdraw those pleas claiming a sour deal. Lisa Bifield, immediately after her arrest, gave police a statement and agreed to testify against others in a plea agreement in December.
That document, unsealed Thursday, states that her guilty plea would only be accepted if her husband pleaded guilty, too.
In 16 pages of hand-written documents, Dan Bifield said he should be allowed to withdraw his Jan. 3 guilty plea, claiming that he was denied things in prison ranging from phone calls to toilet paper, and that the FBI and an informant and prosecutors repeatedly “lied” to get the investigation rolling against the bikers.
“I may be guilty of some things, but I am not guilty of all the crimes I am charged with,” Bifield wrote.
Bifield claimed he only copped a plea to help his wife avoid going to prison. He was wrong.
Law enforcement hatched a plan to cause problems the Rock Hill Hells Angels, Bifield claimed. He was right about that.
Bifield claimed the FBI practiced “conduct unbecoming of federal law enforcement officials.”
He did not say whether he approved of himself, his associates and other outlaw bikers selling narcotics and guns that end up in the hands of schoolkids who get shot or turn into junkies or go to prison later as dope dealers.
Prosecutors proved in court that Bifield supplied cocaine, then turned over the drug dealing to a new member and still got a big cut of the profits.
An investigation over more than a year included surveillance, videotapes, informants and more, showing the Hells Angels with hands in drugs all over South Carolina and North Carolina. Piles of guns for crimes. Allegations of arson of a Columbia strip club. In March, three defendants who demanded a trial were found guilty of many charges, included conspiracy and weapons and drug violations.
Richardson said Monday that with Bifield withdrawing his spurious claims, there are no defendants left. All that remains now is how much time each guilty Hells Angels criminal gets.
No more denying what cops and prosecutors alleged.
It was proved in court: Rock Hill Hells Angels and associates sold drugs and guns and laundered money as part of a crime ring that reached as far as New England, with leadership of the group getting kickbacks from all the criminal activity.
Lawyers for both Dan and Lisa Bifield could not be reached for comment Monday.
But the documents and the convictions speak for themselves. All that is left to be said is the number of years they will serve in jail.
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