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Prosecutors urge life sentences for Portland president, member of Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club

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Federal prosecutors will ask a judge next week to sentence Mark Dencklau, the Portland chapter president of the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club, and fellow club member Chad Leroy Erickson to life in prison for the kidnapping and torture-killing of an ex-member.

They will seek a much less severe term for the man who delivered the fatal baseball bat blows but testified against the club leaders.

While prosecutors acknowledged Tiler Evan Pribbernow “played a significant role’’ in the killing of Robert “Bagger” Huggins Jr. in 2015, they will urge a judge to send him to prison for 12 and a half years, partly due to his cooperation with the government after his arrest. If he gets credit for time-served, he could be out in about five years.

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“Despite the terrible choices he made in June 2015, defendant stepped forward and took responsibility for his criminal conduct,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah Bolstad wrote in a sentencing memo for Pribbernow.

“It was because of defendant’s extensive admissions that we, and the victim’s family, have answers as to what happened that led up to Robert Huggins’ tortured body getting dumped in a field.”

Pribbernow, now 40, pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy on Nov. 7, 2018, just four months after his initial court appearance, Bolstad noted.

Dencklau, now 60, and Erickson, 51, went to trial. A jury in November convicted Dencklau of racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping in aid of racketeering resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death and conspiracy to commit kidnapping resulting in death.

Erickson was convicted of murder and kidnapping in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping resulting in death. He was found not guilty of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy.

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