Trial for Hells Angels members quickly approaching - – Rockford’s News Leader

Trial for Hells Angels members quickly approaching

ROCKFORD (WREX) - The trial for members of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Rockford is quickly approaching.

It was set to be one the largest criminal trials in Winnebago County in years, but it won't be as big as first thought.

Winnebago County planned to try the original 14 defendants together in one courtroom in front of one jury. But now, the number of defendants facing those charges is shrinking because four took plea deals.

Bradley Wilhelm, Earl Murray, Curt Lambert and Neal Resendez all plead guilty to lesser charges.

The remaining defendants have all pleaded not guilty.

Although there are now nine defendants, there are only going to be eight at this upcoming trial because the judge served Alysius Balice's case. He's going to be tried separately.

The charges stem from an incident last July when Rockford police arrested more than a dozen members of Hells Angels. They allegedly beat up a man and held an 11-year-old victim hostage at the time.

They faced a list of charges including aggravated battery, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Their arrest came right before the national Hells Angels rally was set to take place in Winnebago County.

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