By Sarah Horner
One of the men involved in the assault of a bouncer at the St. Paul Saloon last fall was sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for five years for his role in the incident.
Ramsey County District Judge Judith Tilsen sentenced Patrick Thomas Maykoski’s this week on one count of third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm.
The sentencing comes about a month after the 50-year-old St. Paul man pleaded guilty. Two other felony counts, including committing a crime for the benefit of a gang, were dismissed.
Maykoski and three other men — Joseph Michael Prantner, 35, John George Johnson, 57, and Justin Raymon Wainner, 42, were accused of being involved in an attack on a bouncer at the St. Paul bar last Nov. 9. Authorities say the incident stemmed from the bouncer’s refusal to allow clothing representing the Hells Outcast gang in the establishment, according to criminal complaints filed in the case.
The bouncer reportedly confronted Pranter about wearing Hells Outcast gang colors sometime late last October or early November.
At the time, a Los Valientes Motorcycle Club member intervened, telling Pranter and another Hells Outcast member to leave the bouncer alone because he was just a “kid making some extra money,” the complaint said.
Pranter returned to the bar Nov. 9, that time wearing a Hells Outcast sweatshirt. When another man walked in wearing a Hells Outcast vest “ the bouncer politely told him he couldn’t wear (the garment) in the bar,” the complaint said.
That’s when the bouncer suddenly found himself surrounded by patrons, including Maykoski and Johnson, court records say.
Johnson “sucker punched the bouncer from behind and Maykowski and other Hells Outcast members joined in punching and kicking the bouncer,” according to court documents.
The bouncer was taken to the hospital; his eye was swollen shut from the assault and he was diagnosed with a torn cornea.
Prantner reportedly stole the bouncer’s gun during the altercation, Wainner is accused of threatening “to shoot the bar up,” court documents say.
After his arrest, Johnson told police they went to the bar “to discuss why Los Valientes could wear their colors in the bar, but Hells Outcasts cannot,” according to the complaint against him. Johnson claimed the bouncer replied, “(Expletive) those guys, I’ll shoot them” and “he snapped as soon as he heard the word ‘shoot’ and he punched the bouncer before he got shot.”
Both Wainner and Johnson have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and their cases are pending.
Prantner entered an Alford plea this past September to one count of possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.
The plea means Prantner maintains his innocence while acknowledging the state likely has enough evidence to convict him of the charge.
He previously pleaded not guilty to all the counts, which include first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree riot and committing a crime to benefit a gang. A sentencing hearing is scheduled in his case Dec. 11.