Feds convict two bikers in Pagan Motorcycle Club on gun charges

A federal jury in Fort Pierce, Florida, convicted two members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club of possession of a gun by a convicted felon and selling guns to a known convicted felon, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Monday.

Richard Todd Badali, 52, of Castelberry, and Thomas Richard Laakmann, 60, of Orange City, were convicted on gun charges stemming from September 2011 when they sold a Star Model BM 9mm pistol to another Pagan Motorcycle Club member, a convicted felon who was cooperating with federal agents.

The charges were the result of a multi-year federal, state and local law enforcement task force operation targeting the Pagan Motorcycle Club. The operation resulted in the conviction of nine individuals for violations of federal firearms and narcotics laws.

Sentencing is scheduled for September. The two face a maximum of 20 years in prison.