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Ex-head Of Motorcycle Club Gets 35 Years In Prison

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DETROIT (AP) – The former president of a Detroit motorcycle club has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a judge who says the group caused a “reign of terror” on the city’s southwest side.

A lawyer says the punishment Monday for 56-year-old Joseph Whiting could become a life sentence because of his age and health problems.

Known as “Little Joe,” Whiting was one of six members of the Highwaymen convicted last summer of a racketeering conspiracy. Four more were convicted in December. Prosecutors describe the Highwaymen as a violent gang involved in drugs, robbery and other crimes.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds says there was a “ton of drug activity” and Whiting was in the “thick of it.”

Whiting gave a rambling statement, raising constitutional objections to many parts of his trial. 
  
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