Christopher Bryan Ablett, a member of the Modesto Mongol motorcycle gang, was hoping to elevate his position within the biker gang when he murdered San Francisco's president of the Hells Angels. But now, the aspiring Mongol will have to trade in his patches for prison scrubs.
Earlier this year, Ablett, otherwise known as "Stoney," was convicted of murdering San Francisco's Hells Angels' president Mark Guardado, better known among outlaws as "Papa," during a 2008 bar fight in the Mission District. On Tuesday, Ablett was sentenced to life in prison.
Here's the back story: On Sept. 2, 2008, Ablett arrived in San Francisco armed with a foot-long military knife and a .357 magnum revolver. He also brought with him a Mongols full-patch vest and a T-shirt that only a member of his gang is allowed to wear.
Trouble started when Guardado learned of this rival gang member in Hells Angels territory. Even worse, he was wearing a Mongols shirt inside a Mission District bar. So Guardado did what any responsible Angel would, and headed over to the bar to find Ablett.
A fight broke out and Ablett stabbed Guardado four times and shot him twice, killing him, according to prosecutors.
Phone records show that Ablett called up members of the Mongols for two hours after the killing. A jury later rejected Ablett's claim that he was acting in self-defense and in the heat of passion. What's more, the jury concluded that he actually killed Guardaro to elevate his status and position in the Mongols, which had been engaging in racketeering.
"The defendant killed a complete stranger for no reason other than his membership in a rival motorcycle gang," U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. "This sentence should send a clear message that there is a heavy price to pay for engaging in such a senseless act of violence. There is nothing we can do to bring Mr. Guardaro back. I hope, however, that this conviction and sentence begin to bring his family some closure."