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Former Youngstown man gets federal prison sentence

Friday, January 4, 2013

YOUNGSTOWN — A former Youngstowner and regional vice president of the Wheels of Soul national motorcycle gang has been sentenced to 71⁄2 years in federal prison after he had earlier pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

Frederick Morgan, 47, who used the alias Low Rider, drew the sentence Thursday from Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry in St. Louis.

The U.S. attorney dropped charges of tampering with an informant and kidnapping as part of the plea deal.

Morgan was also a bail bondsman, who owned Ohio Bail Bonds in Youngstown.

Morgan was the only Mahoning Valley resident among 11 defendants indicted in the national law enforcement crackdown on the gang. Others indicted were from Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Milwaukee and Louisville.

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