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Road Dog Cycle owner gets four years for racketeering
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An exhaustive and joint investigation by federal and local law enforcement agencies has resulted in a four year prison sentence for the motorcycle shop owner that was the main target of the investigation.

Road Dog Cycle shop owner Robert Holloway was sentenced to four years in prison for racketeering. The sentence was imposed Monday in a federal court in Fresno by U.S. District Judge Olivar Wanger.

Holloway, 62, of Turlock had pled guilty in June to racketeering, which included trafficking in stolen motorcycle parts, extortion and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

In sentencing Holloway, Wanger stated that “one of the disturbing aspects of this case is that Mr. Holloway called upon current and former law enforcement officers to give him information or a heads up” to aid him in his racketeering enterprise.

Holloway has accumulated credit for time served, so his sentence will be 34 months. It could be less, depending if he gets time off for good behavior.

Part of Holloway’s plea deal was that he forfeits his $115,000 interest in the Road Dog Cycle shop. Instead, Holloway paid the $115,000 in cash and has the option to re-open the shop after his release.

Holloway once served as a deputy with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department until he was injured in a work-related crash. He was previously tried and acquitted on murder charges in Stanislaus County. He had been charged by a federal grand jury of running a chop shop out of his Denair store and using extortion and violence to collect debts. He was arrested in July 2008, along with several other men, after a federal grand jury returned indictments against them.Holloway’s son, Brent Holloway also entered a guilty plea in June to trafficking in stolen motorcycle parts, along with Anthony Fantacone, who pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of blackmail. Both men are awaiting sentencing.Of the 10 men indicted, eight have either taken guilty pleas or been found guilty, and two have been acquitted.

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