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Hells Angel member sentenced to prison in motorcycle theft

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

judge today sentenced a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club to 10 years in prison for stealing the motorcycle of a former club member. A jury in October convicted Aaron McIntosh, 39, of stealing the motorcycle from former Hells Angel James Ivans. McIntosh stole the vehicle from the backyard of Ivans' home in October 2010, according to court testimony. Prosecutor Tate McCallister told the judge that McIntosh, of Ventura, committed the theft on behalf of the Hells Angels, which wanted to punish Ivans because he had left the club under "bad terms." McCallister described McIntosh as a "bold and proud" member of the Hells Angels who has several felony convictions and has been in prison before. He urged the judge to sentence McIntosh to a long prison sentence to protect the community. "Our goal here is to protect the people of Ventura County from the Hells Angels and this defendant," said McCallister, adding that McIntosh is unremorseful for what he did. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell denied a motion for a new trial filed by McIntosh's newly hired lawyer Anthony Zinnanti, who is handling McIntosh's appeal. Zinnanti asked the judge to put his client in a rehabilitation program, saying that sending him to prison will accomplish nothing in terms of his rehabilitation. "We are setting him up for failure," Zinnanti said. In an interview, Zinnanti denied that the Hells Angels is a criminal organization. He said that McIntosh could be out of prison in 30 to 36 months if authorities determine the crime wasn't egregious. The judge gave McIntosh credit for nearly two years for time served behind bars since his arrest. McCallister said in an interview that McIntosh has anot

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A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

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