New Jersey - A former Breed motorcycle club member convicted of plotting to assault and retaliate against another former member received a five-year prison sentence Friday.
Scott Lear was ordered to serve the same amount of prison time as Sanford Gorzelsky, the 38-year-old Breed member who assaulted Arne "Ole" Olsen by striking him with a beer bottle on Oct. 5, 2002 at the My Way Cafe in West Long Branch. Gorzelsky was sentenced to five years in prison on Aug. 12.
Lear had been acquitted of all charges but the third-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and retaliation against a witness.
Assistant Prosecutor Edward Washburne argued for jail time, saying Lear's previous convictions showed that probation had not worked for him. The group that included Lear exhibited a sense of entitlement to commit the assault without regard for the consequences, he said.
In requesting probation, Lear's lawyer, Maria D. Noto, said Lear had turned his life around by disassociating himself from the club, which resulted in a beating. He sold his motorcycle to help buy a house for his family and established a better relationship with his son, she said.
Noto also suggested community service for Lear, who had expressed interest in speaking with youths about gang violence.
What happened to Olsen was "awful and disturbing," said the 36-year-old Lear, adding that "I can only hope that now he has the strength to move on."
Lear, of Woodbridge, said he could relate to Olsen because both had chosen to walk away from the Breed club. Joining the club was the biggest mistake he ever made, he said. He asked for the judge's leniency, saying his views had changed.
In issuing the sentence, Superior Court Judge Patricia Del Bueno Cleary cited Lear's four previous Superior Court convictions, saying he had demonstrated a total disrespect for the law.
She also said Lear was a Breed member at the time of the attack and had embraced the club's policies.
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