A federal jury found a member of the Mongols Motorcycle gang guilty of killing the president of the San Francisco Hells Angels in 2008.
Christopher “Stoney” Ablett, a member of the Modesto Mongols motorcycle gang, was convicted of four counts of murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a deadly weapon, use of a firearm and use of a firearm causing a murder.
The Hells Angels are the main rival to the Mongols, according to John Ciccone, a former undercover agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Ablett was accused of killing Mark “Papa” Guardado in the San Francisco Mission District Sept. 2, 2008. According to evidence in the month-long trial, Ablett wore Mongols emblems and carried a foot-long knife and .357 magnum revolver to San Francisco on the day of the shooting.
Guardado heard Ablett was in a Mission District bar where Ablett was wearing Mongols emblems and a fight broke out on the street outside the bar. Ablett stabbed Guardado four times and shot him twice, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The defense argued that Ablett acted in self-defense. But the government accused him of killing Guardado to advance his position in the Mongols gang.
Ablett will be sentenced May 15 by U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg. He faces up the three life terms in prison and a $1 million fine.
Case: U.S. v. Ablett, No. CR09-749RS