Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mongols MC hit with another round of federal charges, including murder

Clarksville, TN (March 8, 2018) BTN— Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced another wave of charges against members of a Clarksville motorcycle club, including new allegations of murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

The charges are part of a continuing investigation into the impact of organized crime and drug dealing in Montgomery County and Middle Tennessee. Nineteen members and associates of the local Mongols Motorcycle Club chapter were charged.

Fifteen of those suspects were already named in a January indictment that included allegations of shooting a woman dead in a graveyard, setting a business on fire and bringing more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine into Middle Tennessee.

The new indictment adds four suspects, and accuses those men of kidnapping and killing Stephen Cole, a fellow club member who was considered missing for months. Biker Trash Network

The newly added suspects were:

William Nelper, aka “Flip,” 49, of Trenton, Kentucky;
William Boylston, aka “JC,” 27;
Jason Meyerholz, aka “Country,” 43; and
Christopher Wilson, 35, all of Clarksville, Tennessee.

Cole was one of the suspects in the January indictment, but authorities could not find him during their initial arrest sweep. According to a summary of the new indictment released by the U.S. Attorney's office in Nashville, those men conspired to kidnap and kill Cole on Nov. 19.

Boylston, Meyerholz and Wilson kidnapped Cole at gunpoint and then stripped him of his shoes, wallet, and cell phones, according to the indictment.

Then, prosecutors say, Boylston and Meyerholz took Cole to Nelper’s home in Trenton, Kentucky, where they killed him, dumped his body and burned the evidence.

All of the new defendants were charged with the kidnapping that led to Cole's death. Boylston, Meyerholz and Nelper were charged with his murder.

The second indictment also includes charges of racketeering, money laundering and drug dealing.

If convicted, the four new suspects face a minimum of life in prison with the possibly of the death penalty.

All but two of the remaining 15 suspects face life in prison if convicted of the charges they face.

The Mongols identify as an “outlaw” motorcycle gang based in California, according to authorities. The Clarksville chapter was founded in 2015, according to the indictment.

Federal investigators teamed with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Clarksville police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies to investigate the club's activities after a woman was found shot to death in a graveyard in May 2015.

Prosecutors have tied the woman's death with at least two of the 19 suspects in the case.

U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of Nashville plans to pursue similar investigations in the future, driven by the focus on violent crime at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Cochran's office got federal approval this year to hire two new prosecutors focused specifically on violent crime.