Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 8, 2009

Local ties to gang indictments

Former FCI guard named in alleged murder plot

CHARLESTON — Members of an outlaw motorcycle gang allegedly recruited a former guard at the Federal Correctional Institution at Summit to participate in a plot to kill an inmate whom they understood was cooperating with law enforcement.

The former guard, Michael Lloyd Stevens, 37, of Huntington, was one of 55 defendants named in an 83-page federal indictment unsealed this week in Charleston. The accused all are members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club.

In addition to the alleged murder plot, the 44-count indictment outlines a litany of crimes, including racketeering, illegal gambling, extortion, robbery, assaults, drug trafficking and weapons violations.

According to the indictment, the intended target of the alleged murder conspiracy — which was to have involved Stevens and another inmate — was an incarcerated member of the Pagans who had been providing information to federal authorities regarding the gang’s activities.

The indictment does not specifically state the intended victim was an inmate at FCI. However, Larry Whitman, executive assistant to the warden, confirmed Thursday that Stevens was employed at the institution in the fall of 2005, which was when prosecutors allege the scheme was hatched.

Stevens worked at FCI from June 15, 2003, until April 21, 2006, Whitman said. He said he could not discuss the reason he left his job at the prison because that information was not public record. He also said he could not comment on the allegations in the indictment.

No one died as a result of the alleged conspiracy, authorities said.

One of the Pagans who allegedly enlisted Stevens for the conspiracy was Richard Lee “Stump” Stevens, 43, of Huntington. Tracy Dorsey Chapman, a spokeswoman for the office of Charles T. Miller, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, said she could not comment on whether Richard and Michael Stevens are related.

Other Pagans involved in the alleged plot, according to the indictment, were Floyd B. “Diamond Jesse” Moore, 64, of St. Albans, W.Va., the gang’s national vice president; Darrell K. “Mr. Nice Guy” Bumgardner, 42, of Manahawkin, N.J.; David A. “Kicker” Cremeans, 48, of Huntington; and Thomas E. Geer, 57, also of Huntington.

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