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A Long Island man who is the leader of an outlaw motorcycle gang was sentenced Thursday to 33 months in prison for illegally possessing a gun, officials announced.


The US Attorney’s office in Newark named Keith Richter, 62, of Suffolk County, the national president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Officials say pagans are involved in a variety of illegal activities, including drug trafficking, weapons and violent crimes.

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According to a criminal complaint, Richter traveled from his Long Island home to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in February to attend a party. Acting on information that Richter had a firearm, law enforcement pulled over the car in Mercer County, New Jersey while he was returning and discovered a loaded Ruger handgun in the car.

Richter pleaded guilty in July to the possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal. He had previously been convicted of felony offenses including conspiracy to murder and aggravated assault with the aid of racketeering, for which he served 16 years in prison.

In addition to the prison term, a judge sentenced Richter to three years of supervised release.

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