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High-ranking Hells Angel gets sentenced

hells-angel-prisonSAN DIEGO — A high-ranking Hells Angels member and accused murderer who allegedly controlled methamphetamine sales in Ocean Beach and Point Loma before his arrest two years ago was sentenced Monday to nearly 22 years in federal prison.

Michael Edward Ottinger Jr., 43, received the 262-month custody term in U.S. District Court in San Diego.

In addition to the conviction for conspiracy to distribute an illegal drug, Ottinger, who served as a “sergeant at arms” for the rebel motorcycle club, also is charged in state court with murder, attempted murder, robbery, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and issuing criminal threats.

At Ottinger’s sentencing hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew G. Schopler said Ottinger had been the “highest value” target in a yearlong wiretap investigation conducted by the FBI Violent Crime Task Force.

The operation, which focused on methamphetamine-trafficking and violent crimes committed by local Hells Angels and their criminal partners, resulted in the indictments of 36 people.

Agents began wiretapping Ottinger’s phones after evidence came to light suggesting that he had killed rival Mongols motorcycle gang member Fernando Fernandez and was using threats and violence to control area methamphetamine distribution.

According to prosecutors, the Hells Angels awarded Ottinger “Filthy Few” and “Thug Crew” patches, which are given to members who have committed acts of violence on behalf of the club.

Ottinger was jailed on narcotics charges in December 2010, prior to the end of the wiretap probe and nearly 10 months before the arrests of the other defendants.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff found Ottinger to be a “career offender” under federal law. His criminal record includes seven prior felonies, including convictions for false imprisonment, a firearms offense, auto theft, evading an officer while driving recklessly and three drug- trafficking crimes.


9 Comments to “High-ranking Hells Angel gets sentenced”

    Ziggie said:
    December 4, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    I think wire-tapping should be illegal…. If citizens are not allowed to use taped conversations as evidence in a court case than why is tapping peoples phones ok? There has to be a part of this law i'm not understanding??

      les said:
      December 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      who told you you can't use taped conversations in court?…never watch judge judy? she accepts them all the time…as far as I know they are acceptable in court

        Ziggie said:
        January 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        No they are not allowed in the courts unless the other citizen is aware that they are being taped. Judge Judy is made for t.v.

      Giancarlo said:
      April 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Exactly, you do not understand the law because you don't know the law…wire-tapping is legal with a Judge warrant. LEO's must articulate a PC in affidavit form to get one.

    lmbowler said:
    December 4, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Reblogged this on Bowler's Desk and commented:
    High-ranking Hells Angel gets sentenced

    drew said:
    December 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I feel sorry for the judge lol….. Retaliation is coming, I’m sure.

    christian said:
    December 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I do not know about the united states but here in Canada we have section 184 of the criminal code of Canada

    81-Cannibals said:
    December 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    S’ok – one toy run later and everything will be back to normal…

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