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Kinfolk Motorcycle Club is free after hitting a Bandidos chapter president

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A biker with the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club is free while on appeal after being sentenced to a year in state jail for hitting a Bandidos chapter president, who was then fatally shot during an El Paso bar brawl six years ago.

Manuel “Manny” Gallegos, now 63, on Jan. 18 was convicted by a jury and sentenced in 34th District Court. On Friday, he was released from custody on a $10,000 bond while his case is on appeal, court records show.

A jury found Gallegos guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity-assault for striking Bandidos chapter president Juan “Compa” Martinez Jr., 61, but acquitted him on four counts of EIOCA-aggravated assault in connection with the shooting that followed.

“It was a long trial, two weeks. I know the jury worked hard. We do respect and accept their verdict. We are appealing on some legal issues and we’ll see how those go,” one of Gallegos’ lawyers, Joseph D. Vasquez, said Monday.

The El Paso District Attorney’s Office has not responded to a request for comment.

Under Texas law, an assault charge is a misdemeanor, though it can be a state jail felony with the enhancement of engaging in organized criminal activity for crimes committed while being a member of a gang.

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