The former national president of the Pagan’s motorcycle club, who led a massive expansion of the outlaw organization in New Jersey, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Kevin McNulty sentenced Keith “Conan” Richter, 62, in federal court via videoconference after Richter pleaded guilty in July to being a felon in possession of a firearm after authorities discovered a loaded gun in a vehicle he was in during a traffic stop in Mercer County earlier this year.
Richter and prosecutors agreed on the sentence as part of the plea deal, according to court documents.
Over the last year federal authorities have been aggressive in investigating the Pagans, as they rapidly expanded in New Jersey under Richter’s leadership.
The charge against Richter came about after authorities were tipped off by someone that Richter was in possession of a loaded Ruger P345 .45-caliber handgun during a party for the club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Feb. 20, according to the criminal complaint.
As the Long Island resident was traveling back to his home, New Jersey authorities pulled over the vehicle Richter was in. Police found the firearm underneath the cupholder of the center console, authorities said.
Richter has remained in a New Jersey jail since he was arrested.