WV Man Agrees to Cooperate in Motorcycle Club Case

A Pagans Motorcycle Club member from West Virginia has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a federal racketeering case targeting the gang.

Forty-five-year-old James "Bones" Claypool II pleaded guilty to an obstruction of justice charge Wednesday. In exchange, prosecutors dropped five other charges, including assault in aid of racketeering and cocaine distribution.

Claypool's plea deal calls for up to 30 years in prison and to cooperate.

Records show the French Creek resident admits traveling to New Jersey with other Pagans to beat a suspected informant.

The charge is among 44 leveled against 55 members and associates of the outlaw motorcycle club from West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Florida.

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