WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two of three men charged in connection with a deadly Warren Township shootout between rival biker groups in 2016 heard their sentences Tuesday morning and for the first time, the victims were able to tell their stories.
David Bailes, Jr., president of Forever Two Wheelz (FTW), was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault.
FTW member James Gardner was sentenced to eight years in prison. He pleaded guilty to complicity to involuntary manslaughter and complicity felonious assault charges on June 20.
“My only hope is that I can pray to the stars above and that every night when Davey lays down in his bunk behind bars, that he has as many nightmares as tears I have cried,” Sandy Marto said.
Her husband and Brothers Regime member, Robert Marto, was killed in the shootout at Shorty’s Place in June of 2016. Jason Moore, another Brothers Regime member, also lost his life.
“I lost my chopper,” Sandy Marto said. “I didn’t get to see him close his eyes. I didn’t get to see him take his last breath. I didn’t get to hold his hand.”Watch: Sandy Marto’s victim impact statement
“I almost lost my life,” Walter Hughes said.
He called it an act of cowardice.
“I hope the state will take that into accordance and handle it justly.”Watch: Walter Hughes’ victim impact statement
FTW member Charles Dellapenna, III is scheduled for sentencing later this week.
Gardner and Dellapenna had previously pleaded to lesser charges and agreed to testify at Bailes’ trial if the case got that far.