ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMO) — Eight days of deliberations following a seven week trial, including 60 witnesses ends in convictions for seven members of the outlaw motorcycle gang called, “Wheels of Soul”.
United States Attorney Rich Callahan says current and former members, including the St. Louis Chapter president were convicted Friday in federal court of several charges including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and tampering with evidence.
“One of first defendants in case is the President of the gang, who is from Philadelphia,” Callahan said. “Only two defendants were local, but we did have a local chapter in Missouri and that’s how the investigation started.”
St. Louis chapter President Dominic Henley a/k/a “Bishop,” of St. Louis and a former lawyer for the club, were found guilty of conspiracy through acts of racketeering.
Henley was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder on January 29, 2011.
The jury found that Henley and other members of the Wheels of Soul had traveled to East St. Louis, Illinois planning to commit the murders of several members of a rival motorcycle club at the annual Black New Year event. Another local man, Timothy Balle, a/k/a “T,” 58, also of St. Louis, was convicted of sale of a firearm to a previously convicted felon for a transaction in which he sold an SKS assault rifle to a fellow member of the Wheels of Soul.
The jury also returned guilty verdicts against the Wheels of Soul’s national Vice-President, James C. Smith, a/k/a “Animal,” 66, of Philadelphia, Jerry Elkins, a/k/a “Shakka,” 49, of Aurora, Colorado; Marshall Fry, a/k/a “Bo,” 34, of Lewisville, Texas; and Anthony Robinson, a/k/a “Blade,” 26, of Chicago, Illinois.
Robinson was also convicted of two separate murders in aid of racketeering activity, the first of which occurred on January 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, and the second of which occurred some 60 days later in Marion, Ohio. As a result of these convictions, Robinson faces a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
The investigation began in early 2009 and grew to include seven other states.
Callahan says the gang was based in Philadelphia but was spreading throughout the Midwest including in Chicago, St. Louis and as far west as Colorado.