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Two Motorcycle Club Members Found Guilty in 2011 Beating

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Two members of a Ludlow motorcycle club have been convicted in a serious 2011 assault in Orange.

Prosecutors say that on December 29, 2011, 24-year-old Jake O’Connor of Granby and 49-year-old William Flood of Springfield, members of the Ludlow charter of the Longriders Motorcycle Club, were involved in a verbal altercation inside an Orange bar.

That argument escalated into a fight, resulting in two men suffering serious injuries.

On Tuesday, a Franklin County Superior Court jury found the two men guilty on all charges.

O’Connor was found guilty on charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury, and threatening to commit a crime.

Flood was found guilty of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury, assault and battery, and two counts of intimidation of a witness.

O’Connor was sentenced to two to five years in MCI-Cedar Junction in Norfolk on one count, followed by three years probation to start after he is released from jail. He is also to refrain from the use of drugs and alcohol, take random drug screenings, stay away from and have no contact with the victims or their families, and have no affiliation with the Longriders or any other motorcycle club.

Flood received a sentence of two and a half years on four counts, with each sentence to be served concurrently in the Franklin County House of Correction. He also received a three year probation on one count, which will start after his sentence. Once out of jail, Flood has the same probation conditions as O’Connor.


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