A Rochester man, and member of Hell’s Angels, pleaded guilty to armed assault. Robert Moran, Junior, now faces three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors say the 63-year-old attacked a patron at Spenders Bar on Lyell Avenue with a baseball bat back in 2006. The attack happened after the patron made disparaging remarks about motorcycle clubs.
Prosecutors say Moran was an officer in the Rochester Hell’s Angels, and committed the attack to maintain his position.
A woman also pleaded guilty in connection with the assault. Gina Tata, a bartender who is now 52-years-old, admitted to hearing the comments the patron made and calling members of the Rochester Hell’s Angels, which lead to the beating of the patron. Prosecutors say Tata helped Moran avoid arrest that day, and told a witness to not identify Moran to police.
According to investigators, Tata lied to FBI agents a year later about the perpetrator of the assault. She faces 18 months in prison and a $125,000 fine.
These pleas are part of a larger federal investigation into drug trafficking operation involving Hell’s Angels members. Five other members have been convicted.