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Hells Angels leader sentenced to prison

The Hells Angels’ sergeant-at-arms for Washington was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ricky Warren Jenks, who had completed five years probation just before his arrest in March, will be on probation for three years and is prohibited from associating with anyone connected to motorcycle gangs during that time.

Jenks told U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush he will comply with all requirements and is eager to see his three children, one of whom was born recently while he was in jail.

“I realize it’s absolutely ridiculous that I’m here doing this a second time,” Jenks said. “They are the victims of this crime. I know that.”

Jenks, 33, is expected to spend about 14 months in custody if he receives credit for good behavior. He’ll be credited for seven months already served in jail.

Quackenbush said it may be possible for him to stay at a county jail in Eastern Washington.

“I’ll suffer county jail if I can see my kids more often,” Jenks said.

Jenks, whose felony convictions include manslaughter, was arrested March 3 after federal agents found him at the Hells Angels headquarters at 1308 E. Sprague near nine firearms.

Jenks’ lawyer, Tracy Collins, said Friday that Jenks had stayed the night at the club, but his pregnant girlfriend, Britney Bjork, was to pick him up that morning to attend her ultrasound.

“She was apparently running late, so she missed picking him up,” Collins said.

Bjork, 30, pleaded not guilty this week in Spokane County Superior Court to felony charges related to her alleged involvement in the murder of 22-year-old Nicholas Thoreson, whose body was found in the back of his burning car on Forker Road April 13.

Bjork is accused of helping burn the car and driving murder suspects Taylor J. Wolf, 20; Justice E.D Sims, 19; and Breeanna C. Sims, 20; from the scene.

In addition to first-degree rendering criminal assistance and second-degree arson, Bjork is charged with conspiracy to commit perjury in the first-degree for allegedly helping Wolf craft false statements. Wolf had been staying at Jenks and Bjork’s home at the Knotty Pines Cottages, 13615 E. Trent Ave., since before Jenks’ arrest, according to court documents.

Bjork declined to comment after the hearing.

Jenks is among eight or nine active members of the Hells Angels Washington Nomads, according to court testimony.

Quackenbush said he will strictly enforce the no-contact requirement.

“You’re going to have to make a decision about the most important thing in your life,” Quackenbush said. “I would hope that you make the decision — the right decision — that your children are the most important.”

Jenks was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for the 2001 shooting death of a Lonnie Taylor, who was making methamphetamine in a Spokane Valley home. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison and arrested under a federal racketeering indictment shortly after his release. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison with credit for time served, along with five years probation.

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