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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hells Angels: Rival Motorcycle Gang Member Convicted in Killing of S.F. Chapter President

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge Who would be stupid enough to mess with the Hells Angels?
  • Who would be stupid enough to mess with the Hells Angels?

A federal jury convicted a Mongols gang member for stabbing and shooting to death Mark "Papa" Guardado, who was the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

According to federal prosecutors, the jury found Christopher Bryan Ablett, aka "Stoney," guilty on four felony counts, including murder, assault with a deadly weapon, racketeering, and using a firearm during a violent crime. "Stoney" was a well-known member of the Modesto-based outlaw motorcycle gang, the Mongols.

Evidence at the trial showed that in 2008, Ablett came to San Francisco to visit a friend. He didn't pack the usual items for a weekend trip to the Bay Area, though: He arrived with a foot-long military knife, a .357 magnum revolver, and a Mongols full-patch vest, as well as a t-shirt that only hardcore Mongols members are permitted to wear.

Word got to Guardado that a member of his rival gang was not only in town, but wearing a Mongols t-shirt at a bar in the Mission. Needless to say, he didn't take the news lightly. According to prosecutors, Guardado marched right over to the bar and confronted Ablett.

Of course, the two got into a fight, which ended when Ablett stabbed Guardado four times and shot him twice.

Investigators testified that Ablett's phone records show he then spent the next several hours calling up fellow Mongols to show he was "reaching out as part of the Mongols' communication network."

Although claimed he killed his rival in self-defense, the jury rejected this notion and decided he murdered Guardado to increase his status within the Mongols gang.

Ablett will appear in court for his sentencing on May 15, 2012. He could get life in prison along with a $1 million fine.

And if your curious, the Mongols have dedicated a page on their website to their "brother behind bars," which is, appropriately enough, accompanied by Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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