A member of the Mongols biker gang has been convicted in federal court of murdering the president of the San Francisco Hells Angels chapter outside a Mission district bar.
Christopher Ablett, 39, of Modesto, stabbed 46-year-old Mark “Papa” Guardado four times and shot him twice during a brawl between rival gang members at 24th Street and Treat Avenue on Sept. 2, 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Guardado was killed within a five-minute ride of the headquarters of the Hells Angels’ “Frisco” chapter clubhouse in Potrero Hill — one of the oldest chapters in the country.
A federal jury Wednesday didn’t buy Ablett’s claim that he was defending himself and his friends, according to prosecutors. The jury also found that Ablett, a rank-and-file member of the Mongols, murdered Guardado to increase his status in the gang.
Also known as “Stoney,” Ablett traveled to San Francisco from Modesto with a footlong military knife and a .357-caliber magnum revolver, prosecutors said. He wore his Mongols full-patch vest when he met a friend at the bar.
Guardado confronted him outside the bar for wearing Mongols gear in a Mission bar. The bullets are what killed him after a fight broke out about 10:30 p.m.
Ablett fled and was declared a fugitive. He eventually turned himself into police in Oklahoma. He faces three life terms in prison when he is sentenced May 15.
A funeral in Daly City and subsequent ride to Guardado’s burial in Colma drew some 2,000 bikers and required the assistance of hundreds of police officers.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Mongols and Hells Angels have been battling for decades. In a bloody clash in 2002, three gang-members died, 10 others were hospitalized and 14 were charged with crimes after a brawl at Harrah’s casino in Las Vegas during the Laughlin River Run, a motorcycle event.
Last year, a member of each gang suffered stab wounds during a brawl at a major motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD.