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6 leaders of motorcycle club in Detroit convicted

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Six leaders of the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club were convicted Monday of violent, racketeering-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder.

The club was based in northwest Detroit and affiliated with the Vice Lords street gang, and its members were involved in organized crime, shootings, robbery and extortion.

The six leaders were convicted following a weeks-long trial in federal court in Detroit.

The six leaders include Antonio "Big Bro" Johnson, 40, of Detroit, the motorcycle club's national president and a high-ranking member of the Vice Lords in Michigan. He faces up to life in prison July 7 when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul Borman.

"The Phantom Motorcycle Club used violence and plotted murder in an effort to prevail in a gang war against rival motorcycle clubs in Michigan and throughout the country, and its leaders and members attempted to kill anyone who stood in their way," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in a statement Monday.