Two Solano County members of the Hell Angels Motorcycle Club have been arraigned in a federal courtroom in Sacramento, pleaded not guilty to gun charges, and face more court dates in the coming weeks, The Reporter has learned.
Dennis Killough Jr., 51, of Vacaville, indicted last month by a federal grand jury, is charged with being a felon in possession of two different firearms.
And, in a separate case, Jaime Alvarez, 51, of Vallejo, also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
At his June 1 arraignment, Killough entered his plea, and he was scheduled for a status conference at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 in front of Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, according to information from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Eastern District of California. He remains in Sacramento County Jail in Sacramento without bail.
Alvarez was arraigned on May 31 and he was scheduled for a status conference at 9:30 a.m. July 21 in front of District Judge Troy L. Nunley. On June 1, Alvarez was ordered released on a $200,000 secured bond, court records show.
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An investigation into a brutal beating at the Hell Angels’ Vallejo chapter clubhouse led to the illegal firearm possession charges, said Phillip A. Talbert, the U.S. Attorney for the DOJ’s Eastern District.
According to court documents, in October 2021, two different victims — both of whom were members of a different motorcycle club that is considered a “puppet” (or subordinate) club of the Hells Angels — were beaten by Killough, Alvarez, and other club members based on perceived infractions of Hells Angels’ rules.
Court documents also showed that, on Dec. 8, 2021, law enforcement searched Killough’s home and found two firearms, including a Taurus G2C 9 mm pistol with an obliterated serial number and a Taurus PT 745 Pro handgun. Killough has several prior felony convictions — including previous firearm convictions — which, by law, prohibit him from possessing any firearms.