Mon. 4:10 p.m.: Man pleads in biker shooting
WARREN – The last of three men charged in connection to the June 2016 fatal shootout between rival motorcycle clubs has taken a plea.
David Bailes Jr., 46, of Braceville, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault today before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan.
Each count carries with it a gun specification, which is a mandatory three years in prison that must be served prior to any other time given to Bailes.
He will be sentenced Tuesday. The plea headed off a trial that was supposed to begin today.
The case centers around the June 16, 2016, shootout at Shorty’s Place on Highland Avenue SW after members of the Brothers Regime showed up during a poker run sponsored Forever Two Wheelz. A fight and shooting broke out when bikers from the Brothers Regime pulled into the parking lot. Bailes is the former president of Forever Two Wheelz.
Killed were Brothers Regime members Jason “Foot” Moore, 41, and Robert A. “Chopper Bob” Marto, 54, both of Mecca, and wounded were Walter Hughes, 41, of Warren, and Andrew Claypool, 50, of Girard.
Two co-defendants in the case – Charles C. Dellapenna III and James A. Gardner, both members of Forever Two Wheelz – also took plea bargains and were expected to testify against Bailes.