Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal judge has freed the president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club two days after he was charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment charging the outlaw biker gang of plotting to kill and extort rivals.
Marcy Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland, says David Barbeito was released on bond Thursday.
Federal prosecutors had sought to hold Barbeito without bond and are appealing the decision to release him.
Murphy says he is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing in Charleston at 2 p.m. Friday.
Barbeito, a 49-year-old resident of Myersville, Md., is charged with racketeering and aiding and abetting racketeering.
The indictment Barbeito as a leader of an organization engaged in kidnapping, robbery, extortion, conspiracy to commit murder and other crimes.
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