By Jim Hagerty
Charges against members of the Hells Angels have been re-filed, sending seven defendants back to court Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Charges against Aloysius J. Balice, Christopher L. Lawson, Jose P. Vielma Jr., Richard L. Todd, Robert A. Bell, John R. Savalick and Tomasz Lech, were re-filed last week.
Charges including kidnapping, burglary, armed robbery, mob action and aggravated battery were dropped in August because of concerns for the safety of witnesses and victims.
Fourteen Hells Angels members were originally arrested in the case, after an incident at their Rockford clubhouse last year. That’s when a man claims he was beaten, stabbed and robbed and his11-year-old daughter was kidnapped and held captive. The man was an associate of the Hells Angels, but was not a member. The child was not harmed. The clubhouse has since been condemned.
Seven defendants received probation and short jail terms in connection with the incident after pleading guilty to lesser charges.
Meanwhile, defense attorneys have filed motions to have the re-filed charges dismissed on the grounds of due process violations. That motion will be considered Dec. 9, at 9 a.m., Chief Judge Joe McGraw said in court Tuesday, Sept. 30. Bond has been set at $50,000.
From the Oct. 1-7, 2014, issue