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Trio of Abilene Bandido bikers accused of violently robbing rival club member: Daytona spring breaker gets 33 years’ prison for running down motorcyclist

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A trio of Bandido bikers was arrested for allegedly violently robbing a rival club member who drove through their ‘turf’ while wearing the rival club’s vest.

Daniel Machado, Justin Aldava, and Jesse Trevino were all arrested Wednesday and charged with Aggravated Robbery in connection to the incident that took place in July of 2018. They have all been released from jail after posting a $150,000 bond each.

Court documents state the victim was riding near the Bandido Motorcycle clubhouse on the 1300 block of Butternut Street when he noticed three bikers – later identified as Machado, Alvada, and Trevino – leave the clubhouse and start to follow him.

He sped up, but the documents say the trio kept going, kicking him in the back when they reached him and eventually cutting him off and stopping his path, forcing him to turn into a small parking lot

Once in the parking lot, the victim drew a gun in self-defense, but the documents state the trio began shouting, “There are 30 more people coming to get you”, “You can’t disrespect the Bandidos”, “This is our turf”, and “We’re going to shut you up like we shut Dusty*** up.”

The victim then holstered his gun and attempted to flee, but the trio tackled him and began kicking, punching, and stomping him in the back, hips, knees, shoulders, and head, according to the documents.

They ripped the rival vest off him and took his cell phone and gun before ramming into him with a motorcycle then fleeing, the documents reveal.

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When police arrived on scene, the documents state they saw the victim, “had some cuts, scrapes, and bruises all over his body and had fresh blood pouring from his face, hands, and elbows.”

BigCountryHomepage will update this article once additional information is released.

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DAYTONA BEACH — A spring breaker who intentionally ran down a Bunnell motorcyclist after a fight stood silently and showed no emotion Friday as he was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

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Christopher Moore, 21, pleaded no contest last week to charges of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of an accident with death. Moore intentionally ran down Roger Martin Jr., 41, on April 3, 2016, after Martin and another biker had fought with Moore and his friends.

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Moore’s defense attorneys Kevin Pitts and Michael Morrison reached a plea deal with prosecutors Erica Kane and Ashley Terwilleger calling for Moore to face a minimum of about 22 years in prison and up to 40 years.

Circuit Judge Leah Case sentenced Moore, who would have faced up to life on the murder charge plus 30 years for leaving the scene if he had been convicted at trial.

Case said while Moore’s family believes it was self-defense, a video of the van speeding after the motorcycles shows it was not. And Case also said that she does not believe it was intentional premeditated murder as Martin’s family believed.

The judge said she was balancing Moore’s very bad mistake with his lack of a criminal record and that he was an 18-year-old about to graduate from high school and was working and a member of the school’s band. She noted that Moore agreed to the plea deal rather than forcing Martin’s family to sit through a trial. But Case also said that she did not think Moore’s explanation to police or his testimony during a stand your ground hearing was credible.

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“The defendant took someone’s life. Someone’s life that was full. It is apparent to me that he put his family and his friends first,” Case said about Martin, “that he loved his children, that they were a priority in his life. He made them a priority and he had a full life to live. And Mr. Moore took that. He’s gone. Mr. Moore’s action’s were intentional.”

Case also noted that Moore left the state and did not call police about what had happened.

Moore and his friends had driven down from Valdosta, Georgia to Daytona Beach for spring break and encountered Martin and another motorcyclist named Peter Blais near the Cruisin’ Cafe at 2 S. Atlantic Ave.

One of the spring breakers told Blais he had a nice bike to which Blais responded with an insult, according to Moore’s attorneys.

That sparked a fight with Blais but Martin apparently only tried to break up the fight, according to an order denying the stand your ground motion.

Everyone then drove off or rode away but the fight resumed down the road, again with Blais and the breakers doing the fighting.

Martin apparently remained by his motorcycle and did not participate in the fight, documents state. But Martin did shift the van into park, causing it to crash into a pole and a car. That angered Moore who kicked over Martin’s motorcycle.

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Everyone then left with Moore driving the van.

According to Moore, the bikers caught up to and passed the van. But a video shows the van speeding after the bikers.

Moore testified at his stand your ground hearing that he jerked the wheel of the van toward Martin to try to scare him to leave them alone.

The men were on the mainland, just west of the Halifax River in the 100 block of Fairview Avenue.

But a passenger in the van, Christopher Sauders, of Charlotte, N.C., did not describe a fearful group trying to flee menacing bikers but instead anger about the damage to the van.

After the crash, Sauders said the breakers headed to their hotel. That’s where he said he heard Moore talk about being in a gang, called the “murder gang.”

Moore took the stand on Friday and in a hushed and halting voice apologized to Martin’s family. Most of the time he looked down or at his attorney.

“I’m truly sorry,” Moore said. “There’s nothing I can do to bring him back. I wish I could. I think about that all the time.”

Moore said he plans to become a youth pastor and work with children when he is released from prison. He said he also wants to raise awareness about motorcycles.

He said he has earned his GED while in the Volusia County Branch Jail where he has been held since his arrest days after Martin’s death

Moore said he had reacted during the fatal incident.

“But in the heat of the moment the way I acted I felt at that time I did right I did what I was supposed to do,” he said.

Martin was a father of four and the prosecution side of the courtroom at the S. James Foxman Justice Center was packed with family and friends.

They described Martin as a loving father and helpful friend who worked as a mechanic at a Flagler County car dealership.

Martin’s mother, Debra Shannon, 60, of Florence, S.C., said she was satisfied with the sentence.

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