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Man pleads guilty to evidence tampering in Sin City case

By: LANCE BENZEL
November 7, 2012
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One of six men charged in a fatal shooting outside a Colorado Springs motorcycle clubhouse in March has pleaded guilty.

DeAngelo Michael Wells, 24, is expected to serve probation under a plea agreement that took prison time off the table.

Wells, who was accused of hiding evidence after the March 3 slaying of Virgil Means outside the Sin City Disciples Motorcycle Club, 629 W. Vermijo St., pleaded guilty Friday to tampering with evidence.

Under the deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss four counts of accessory to murder, and Wells agreed to conduct an “exit interview” with police, court documents show. His attorney, David Foley, did not respond to a request for further details.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10 before 4th Judicial District Judge William Bain.

Five other men await trial in the shooting death, including Fort Carson soldier Christopher Mountjoy, 31, who faces first-degree murder charges on suspicion of firing the fatal bullet.

During a pre-trial hearing in September, one of Mountjoy’s court-appointed attorneys, Cindy Hyatt, said she intends to argue the Afghanistan war veteran was suffering the effects of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Hyatt declined to provide additional details about her client’s condition, citing a court-imposed “gag order” limiting pre-trial publicity. Mountjoy, of Fountain, is scheduled for a Feb. 4 trial.

Police say Means, 31, had been beaten by a group of men outside the club and was returning to retrieve a missing wallet when he was ambushed by several Sin City gunmen in a coordinated attack.

Three of the five defendants were active-duty Fort Carson soldiers.

The Sin City Disciples motorcycle club is a so-called “one percenter” club of outlaw bikers similar to the Colorado-based Sons of Silence, a former recruit told police. Their clubhouse is at the end of a commercial cul-de-sac and routinely hosts after-hours parties for members when bars close down.

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