RENO, Nev. (AP) — A motorcycle gang leader convicted of murder in a 2011 shootout with a rival biker gang at a Nevada casino is due back in court in Reno for sentencing in the killing of the man known as the "godfather" of the Hells Angels in San Jose, Calif.
Ernesto Gonzalez, the former president of the Vagos chapter in Nicaragua, was convicted in August in the shooting death of Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew at John Ascuaga's Nugget hotel-casino in Sparks. The 55-year-old San Francisco man faces up to life in prison without parole after jurors found him guilty on seven felony counts.
Gonzalez sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday before Washoe District Court Judge Connie Steinheimer.
His lawyer, David Houston, says he plans an appeal.
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