LOS ANGELES (AP) — A longtime leader of the Hells Angels’ Ventura County chapter charged in connection with the firebombing of two tattoo parlors has been granted bail.

The Ventura County Star says a judge Friday ordered 64-year-old George Christie Jr. detained at home with an electronic monitoring bracelet. It was unclear early Saturday whether Christie had posted the $200,000 bail.

Christie was arrested three weeks ago after being named in a six-count indictment that charges him and four others with conspiracy, extortion and arson.

The indictment alleges that Christie, who owns a tattoo shop in Ventura, ordered Hells Angels members to threaten his competitors in an attempt to shut down their businesses.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Christie faces up to 120 years in federal prison if convicted.

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Comments (5)
  1. Ron says:

    Possible 120 YEAR sentence and yet this EXTREMELY DANGEROUS criminal is ALLOWED to be out on BAIL, with electronic home confinement. What a TRAVESTY of JUSTICE !!! All witnesses and business competitors will be intimidated, injured or killed.


  2. Billy Spire says:

    I don’t have a problem with this. He probably has a much better tattoo shop and just wanted to get the word out.

  3. M J D says:

    doubt any witnesses would come forward

    1. Ron says:

      They definitely won’t NOW. And when this guy gets off and out of jail, he will be able to continue his CRIMINAL tirade.

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