Iowa: Gang charges dropped in Sons of Silence encounter in Clarion


Wright County Attorney’s Office has dropped criminal charges against five alleged motorcycle club members accused of threatening an off-duty officer over a LEMC cut he was wearing on their territory.

The trial had been scheduled for next month, but on March 12 the Wright County Attorney’s Office asked the court to dismiss the cases due to “insufficient evidence to prosecute this charge”.

No other comments from Wright County Attorney’s Office were given.

By the authority’s allegations, an off-duty police officer and his wife were riding their bikes and forced to pull over by a group of alleged members or affiliates of Sons of Silence MC.

After they stopped at a Clarion convenience store the group demanded he hand over his cut, which displayed the logo for the Gunfighters LEMC.

A group of alleged members or affiliates of Sons of Silence MC, according to the authorities, included Cory Dale Woods, 41, of Waverly; Anthony Jacob Kelley, 37, of Belmond; Chad Robert Simmons, 41, of Latimer; Justin Anthony Carlson, 37, of Sheffield; and Daniel Robert Carolus, 43, of Belmond.

While main charges were dismissed, one of the group members Justin Anthony Carlson is still facing federal weapons charges in connection with firearms that police found during the searches.

He is banned from possessing firearms by the government because of a prior drug conviction in 2008, records state.

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