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Third motorcycle club member convicted in robbery case

Posted: Feb. 21, 2014 7:41 pm Updated: Mar. 7, 2014 8:14 pm

By DON O'BRIEN
 Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A third member of a Liberty-based motorcycle club was convicted Friday by an Adams County Circuit Court jury for his role in an armed robbery near downtown Quincy in May 2012.

Timothy E. Jackson, 56, of Roodhouse, was convicted of aggravated robbery and robbery charges after a four-day trial. The jury found Jackson not guilty of armed robbery, the most serious charge against him. He faces up to 15 years in prison at an April 3 sentencing hearing in front of Judge John Wooleyhan. Jackson is eligible for probation.

Jackson was the first of three members of the Midwest Percenters motorcycle club to take the stand in his own defense. He was one of four club members who penned in two members of the Tunnel Rats motorcycle club at 12th and Hampshire, demanding they hand over their leather club vests on the afternoon of May 20, 2012.

One of the victims said Joseph E. Teel pointed a gun at his fellow Tunnel Rats' head and yelled, "Take them off, or I'll blow your (expletive) head off."

Jackson was one of the people who served as a blocker during the incident. There was also testimony during the trial -- and the trials of Teel and Gerald R. Utterback -- that Jackson took possession of the vests.

During his testimony, Jackson admitted he was at the scene where the robbery took place. He said that the Tunnel Rats members needed to be disciplined because they had driven past a group of Percenters members and made a derogatory hand gesture toward them. One of the victims testified that Jackson yelled, "This isn't a (expletive) game. We'll (expletive) kill you. Give us your (expletive) cuts."

Jackson denied taking the vests.

At the time of the incident, Jackson was one of the leaders of the club and was dubbed "the Warlord." He explained that he was an adviser for the group.

Teel, who was president of the group at the time of the incident, was the only member to be convicted of armed robbery. The jury in his trial determined that he pointed a small handgun at the Tunnel Rats members. Teel, 40, of Barry, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in May.

Utterback, 45, of Barry, last month was convicted of the same aggravated robbery and robbery charges that Jackson was convicted of. He has been held in the Adams County Jail since his arrest. He faces up to 15 years in prison at his March 19 sentencing.

The fourth Percenters member involved in the case agreed to testify against his fellow club members. Zane E. Liggett, 56, of Camp Point, testified against both Utterback and Jackson. He pleaded guilty to one count of mob action and is scheduled to be sentenced to probation at a March 12 hearing.

Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones had 11 witnesses testify in the case, while defense attorney Todd Eyler called three witnesses to testify. The jury had the case for 3 1/2 hours before returning with its decision.

The Percenters members were arrested in the early morning hours of May 21, 2012. The men were taken into custody at the clubhouse at 601 S. Main in Liberty. Police seized a semi-automatic handgun and a loaded sawed-off shotgun, as well as four Harley Davidson motorcycles after executing a search warrant.

Jackson had been free since posting $3,500 bond on May 24, 2012. Wooleyhan revoked Jackson's bond, meaning he will stay in jail until sentencing.

-- dobrien@whig.com/221-3370

EDITOR'S NOTE: The location of the motorcycle club was incorrect in a previous version of this story,