Woodburn man one of three Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club members indicted for murder
A Woodburn man is among three members of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club charged with racketeering, kidnapping and murder by a federal grand jury, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Mark Leroy Dencklau, 58, of Woodburn, along with Earl Deverle Fisher, 48, of Gresham, and Tiler Evan Pribbernow, 37, of Portland, are charged with murder, kidnapping resulting in death, conspiracy to commit kidnapping resulting in death and racketeering.
The men are accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a former Gypsy Joker club member, Portland resident Robert Huggins. Huggins' body was found in a field in Clark County, Washington on July 1, 2015. Huggins, 56, had a fractured skull, broken rib, broken leg, a removed nipple, nails driven through his boots, and cuts on his back and face.
Det. Jim Lawrence told a Multnomah County Circuit Court in July 2016 that Huggins had been banished from the motorcycle gang after fellow members found out he was stealing money to buy heroin.
A year later, Huggins then burglarized the home of the club president and tied the president's girlfriend to a chair at gunpoint. Lawrence said that the burglary was the motive for the men to allegedly kill Huggins.
The indictment was announced by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Darek Pleasants, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' Seattle Field Division, and Danielle Outlaw, chief of police of the Portland Police Bureau.
"The defendants allegedly violently kidnapped and murdered Robert Huggins to maintain and advance their positions in the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle gang," said Cronan in a press release. "This indictment is an important step toward dismantling this violent gang, and should send a clear message that the Department of Justice will bring to justice those who commit such heinous crimes on our streets."
The case was initially being prosecuted by Multnomah County, which had initially charged the trio in April 2016. But charges were dismissed July 10 as the case was moved to federal court.
According to the indictment, GJOMC oversees several "support clubs" in Oregon and Washington, including the Road Brothers Northwest Motorcycle Club, Solutions Motorcycle Club, Northwest Veterans Motorcycle Club, High-Side Riders and the Freedom Fellowship Motorcycle Club. The indictment alleges that the three men engaged in the violent actions leading to Huggins' death for the purpose of maintaining and increasing their positions in the GJOMC criminal enterprise.
Dencklau, Fisher and Pribbernow made their initial appearances before a U.S. magistrate judge in Portland on July 9, 10 and 13, respectively.