In yet another blow to the Pagans Motorcycle Club, the group’s national president pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a gun charge that could lock him in federal prison for up to a decade.
Keith “Conan” Richter, 62, of Bay Shore, New York, admitted by videoconference to a federal judge in Newark that authorities found his loaded 45-caliber Ruger pistol in a secret compartment during a February traffic stop in Mercer County, according to a statement from acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.
As a convicted felon, Richter is prohibited from possessing firearms — he previously served 16 years for conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated assault in aid of racketeering, Honig said.
Besides the potential prison sentence, Richter faces a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced Dec. 31.
James Froccaro, Richter’s New York attorney, declined to comment when he was reached by phone Wednesday afternoon.
Richter’s arrest is part of a federal legal assault on the outlaw motorcycle gang, which has seen 11 of its members arrested during the past year.