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Ex-Hells Angel admits drug dealing

Democrat & Chronicle, August 20, 2014

A former Hells Angels member admitted Wednesday to dealing methamphetamine.

Richard Riedman, 40, pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine with others, including another member of the motorcycle club, between 2004 and 2010.

Riedman is already serving 37 months in federal prison for the 2009 theft of more than 17 gross tons of scrap metal from a Batavia rail yard.

In a plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Riedman admitted that he received methamphetamine from suppliers, then divided the drugs into smaller amounts for sale. A father of two, Riedman also admitted that he has a methamphetamine addiction.

Riedman was among a group of Hells Angels members and friends indicted in 2011 on charges ranging from the methamphetamine conspiracy to racketeering-related crimes. Riedman had been accused of trying to cover up a violent incident in which a Hells Angels member — Robert "Bugsy" Moran Jr. — allegedly beat a man with a baseball bat at a local bar.

The assault-related charges against Riedman were dropped with his plea Wednesday to the drug conspiracy. The case against Moran and others continues.

Riedman is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 24. Under recommended federal sentencing guidelines, he could be sentenced to 37 to 46 months. The sentence could run concurrent to his current prison stint, or be added on at the end.