Man pleads in biker shooting

Agrees to testify at murder trial

WARREN — The second of three men charged in connection to the June 2016 fatal shootout at a motorcycle club in Warren Township has taken a plea in exchange for his testimony against a fellow club member.

Charles C. Dellapenna III pleaded guilty Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to two charges of complicity to involuntary manslaughter and complicity to felonious assault and one charge of carrying a concealed weapon in connection to the shooting that left two men dead and two others injured.

Dellapenna, a member of the Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club, is accused in the shooting deaths of rival motorcycle gang Brothers Regime members Jason “Foot” Moore, 41, and Robert A. “Chopper Bob” Marto, 54, both of Mecca, and the wounding of Walter Hughes, 41, of Warren, and Andrew Claypool, 50, of Girard.

With this agreement, Dellapenna, 48, could reduce possible life prison sentences for the aggravated murders of Moore and Marto and felonious assaults of Hughes and Claypool to a sentence of no more than 15 years.

In exchange, he is expected to testify at the aggravated murder and felonious assault trial of David Bailes Jr., 46, of Braceville, that is scheduled to begin Monday before Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan.

Bailes was the president of Forever II Wheelz Motorcycle club.

James A. Gardner, 48, 197 Iowa Ave. NW, Warren, who also was indicted on aggravated murder charges, in June pleaded guilty to two counts of complicity to involuntary manslaughter with firearms specifications and two counts of complicity to felonious assault.

Gardner also is expected to cooperate with prosecutors and testify at Bailes’ trial.

Gardner, Bailes and Dellapenna were all arrested in connection with the June 18, 2016, motorcycle gang shootout at Shorty’s Place, 2844 Highland Ave. in Warren Township, where a charity poker run hosted by Forever Two Wheelz was taking place. A fight and shooting broke out when rival bikers from the Brothers Regime pulled into the parking lot.

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