Robert Brodsky Updated 6-7-21
The national leader of an outlaw biker gang, who spent 16 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder, had a loaded and illegal revolver when Arson Squad detectives arrived to investigate a fire at his Bay Shore home in 2019, Suffolk prosecutors said.
Keith Richter, 62, also known as “Conan,” was arraigned Monday and charged with second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. Suffolk Acting Supreme Court Justice Chris Ann Kelley set bail at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.
If convicted of the top count, Richter, who authorities said is the national president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, an outlaw biker gang, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
“This is a known gang leader who was previously convicted of conspiring to commit murder, so the fact that he allegedly had a loaded and unsecured firearm in his possession is concerning,” Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini said in a statement Monday. ” … We are laser-focused on combating gang violence and gang activity in our communities. Whether it’s the Pagans, MS-13, the Bloods, or any other street gang, the message remains the same: you are not welcome here, and law enforcement is coming for you.”
James Frocarro, Richter’s Port Washington-based defense attorney, decline to comment.
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