Monday, 4 April 2011

Misfits Motorcycle Club member William Henry Anselmi - known for his cordial nature and violent history - wants people to know one thing.

Misfits Motorcycle Club member William Henry Anselmi - known for his cordial nature and violent history - wants people to know one thing.

If he ever held the rival Jus Brothers Motorcycle Club in any regard, that's long gone.

His problem with them arose, he said, when members of the Jus Brothers - and in particular Stockton chapter president Bob "Rebel" Riley - testified in court against him.

That's a breach of biker code, according to Anselmi, and plain bad manners.

"It really irks me," he said. "In the biker world, you're not supposed to testify against anybody. You're not supposed to be a rat."

Jurors earlier this year found Anselmi, 62, guilty of trying to murder 75-year-old Riley two years ago. Anselmi awaits sentencing May 2 by San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus.

He is expected to receive a sentence extending far beyond his natural life.

Anselmi invited The Record to an interview at the San Joaquin County Jail, where he is held. Except to proclaim innocence, he declined to talk about the crime, saying he may have solid appellate issues to raise later.

"I wasn't there. I wasn't the driver of the car. I didn't shoot no one," Anselmi said, flashing a smile. "I guess the jury said I was lying."

At trial, prosecutors said a feud peaked between the rival biker gangs as Anselmi formed a local Misfits chapter. A Jus Brothers biker had broken ranks and jumped to Anselmi's crew, stirring unease.

On Jan. 28, 2009, prosecutors said, Anselmi and another man drove by Riley's home near the Jus Brothers' Stockton clubhouse. They fired at Riley inside watching TV. Anselmi used an assault riffle, according to prosecutors.

Riley survived, suffering a shot to the arm and cuts from flying debris as 50 rounds sprayed into his home and cars, prosecutors said.

Anselmi said in the interview that the Jus Brothers don't measure up as a serious biker club. Riley's willingness to take the witness stand against him proves the point, Anselmi said.

"They're a club that's not bad, trying to be bad," he said. "They're mellow, yet they're trying to live in a dog-eat-dog world."

Riley bristled at Anselmi's statement. He said Anselmi - having been found guilty of trying to murder him - wants to stir discontent from jail.

Riley said he didn't violate the biker code by taking the witness stand. 

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