Member of violent biker gang sentenced to prison

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 2:14 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A member of a violent nationwide motorcycle gang has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for making pipe bombs intended for rival gangs.

Carlos Wesley Rose Sr., known as "PitBull," was president of the Kentucky chapter of the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. He pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge in St. Louis in April and was sentenced Tuesday.

Rose is also a former corrections officer at the Kentucky State Reformatory.

Federal prosecutors say Rose admitted to conspiring on two occasions to make pipe bombs to use against members of rival clubs in the Chicago area.

Twenty-two people allegedly affiliated with Wheels of Soul were indicted last year by a federal grand jury in St. Louis on charges ranging from arson to kidnapping to murder.

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