Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.
RENO — A former member of the Vagos motorcycle gang has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison for his role in a 2011 shootout at a Nevada casino that killed a rival Hells Angel.
Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick pleaded guilty earlier to second-degree murder as part of a plea deal agreeing to testify against a fellow Vagos convicted Aug. 7 of first-degree murder in the death of Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, president of the Hells Angels' chapter in San Jose.
Rundick said Ernesto Gonzalez, ex-president of the Vagos in Nicaragua, shot Pettigrew during the melee as part of an orchestrated assassination plot.
KTVN-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/m9kppbo ) Judge Connie Steinheimer said Wednesday Rudnick will be eligible for parole in two years.
Gonzalez faces up to life in prison at his sentencing Oct. 3.