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Man who stalked Outlaws given probation

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A Rhode Island man who posed as a state trooper and staked out the Outlaw motorcycle club on School Street was fined and placed on unsupervised probation Friday.

William Burley, 25, of East Greenwich, R.I., had been watching the club's clubhouse for more than four hours when police found him with a badge and handgun strapped to his leg in March.

His uncle, state trooper Joseph Silva, was inside the house, according to police reports. Silva, 49, of Taunton, later told police he was trying to "clean up the bars in Taunton," police wrote.

Burley pleaded guilty in Taunton District Court to Taunton police charges of impersonating an officer and possessing a firearm without a identification card. A charge of possessing a large capacity firearm was dropped.

A plea deal between Burley's attorney, Rep. James Fagan, and prosecutor Jean Whitney requires Burley to pay $500 in court fees and spend one year on unsupervised probation.

Burley faced up to three years in jail on the charges. Fagan and Whitney both declined comment.

State police in Rhode Island charged Burley with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a silencer, following an attempted robbery in East Greenwich in May. Burley is next due in Kent County Superior Court Nov. 14.

Silva, meanwhile, faces a Taunton police charge of lying on an application for a firearm license. A Taunton resident, his gun license was revoked on March 20, the day Burley was arrested.

Early that morning, Taunton police were watching a West Britannia Street party thrown by the Outlaws. The party moved to the School Street house, according to police. Police found Burley in a car with tinted windows, facing the house.

Claiming he was with "special opps," Burley said Silva was undercover inside the clubhouse, according to a police report.

Police took Burley's gun, a Jennings 9 mm pistol he said his uncle gave him, according to the report.

Burley then called Silva to say "Get out of there now, return home," according to the report.

"I assumed that my uncle, being a trooper, he would protect me like he said he would," Burley wrote in a statement to police.

Police caught up with Silva at his home, where he appeared drunk, according to a police report.

In preparation for a defense of Burley, Fagan requested state police records about previous disciplinary action against Silva.

The former state trooper's gun license was suspended following a March 18 incident at the state police barracks in Middleboro, according to a letter Major Robert Mullen wrote to Silva on March 20.

"...the Department of State Police has grounds to believe...that you are not a suitable person to be issued a license to carry firearms," Mullen wrote.

Sgt. Scott Range, a spokesman for state police, said he could not discuss personnel matters.

When applying for a gun license in Taunton in May, Silva said his license had been taken while he was out on injury leave, according to a police report. Silva was placed on "restricted duty" March 21, meaning he was not allowed to carry a gun or drive a state police vehicle, Range said.

Silva retired on June 23. He is next due in court Dec. 12. He faces a mandatory six- month jail term or $500 fine if convicted, with a possibility of two years in jail.




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Posted on 11/8/2005 8:20 AM | 1%er News
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Wrong
Posted by factstraight on 12/13/2005 6:44 PM

I know a few facts about this story. This dude Burley is nuts and thought he was on a undercover stake out. only problem is he's the only one who thought that. That guy Silva isn't even related to him. I saw them together a few times and it just seemed like an old guy helping out a messed up guy and he told everyone it was his uncle. Everyone knows Silva's a cop so why would they let him into the house? The whole thing's fed up.

THE BLUE GANG
Posted by 78hdmc on 11/12/2005 9:51 AM

THESE GUYS ARE THE NEW POLICE ,POLICE DEPTs. ATTRACT SOME SICK PEOPLE,MY HOME TOWN (TACOMA,WA)CHEIF OF POLICE JUST SHOT AND KILLED HIS WIFE THEN SHOT HIMSELF(DEAD) RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS KIDS LAST YR.-PORTLAND,OREGON POLICE HAVE SHOT AND KILLED SEVERAL UN-ARMED CITIZENS (INCLUDING A FEMALE)IN THE LAST YR(LOG ON TO THESE CITY NEWS PAPERS).MAYBE THEY COULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM THE OLDER CLUBS AND WEED OUT SOME OF THE WANNABEES AND LOSERS..PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY NEED TO WAKE UP

The Cop Mindset
Posted by TUCO on 11/11/2005 10:56 PM

In reference to what shovel said about some cops thinking they can do what ever the fuck they want as civilians. I knew this one guy that hung out at my friends bar. He was a cop, he'd talk shit to waitresses and throw his ass around because he was a cop. He would go there on/off duty and expect free shit because he was a pig. And to top it all off i over heard tell someone that he was a cop because he could be an asshole and do it legally. So one night him and his ass buddies got their asses kicked and thrown out; nothing happend to them but they tried shutting the place down by patrolling outside and pulling over patrons and nailing folks for DUI's.. they didnt succeed but as far as i was concerned that was "thuggery" at its best. A half a mile up the road you had guys buying and selling crack, pimpin hoe's etc; but they never fucked with them.. THAT'S WHY MOST PEOPLE IN GENERAL HATE, DESPISE, AND DONT TRUST LAW ENFORCMENT!

Snitch
Posted by farmboy on 11/10/2005 11:58 AM

This fucker is sitting outside of a biker's place with a gun and badge and he ain't even a cop. Hegets off with one year of unsupervised probation?!That is bullshit! His cop uncle was in the house with the club members?!WTF? Then the prosecutor makes a deal, and the idiot says in his statement that he figured that his cop uncle will get him out of trouble! What if he was sitting outside of a school with a badge and gun? He even lied to the cops and said he was on special ops. Because he was sitting outside of a biker's spot the people think that it was cool? What crap! Where were the club's security detail? This fucker needs to be dealt with and so does his drunk ass uncle.

???
Posted by Hell-Razor on 11/9/2005 10:41 PM

They just sound like complete jackoffs to me. It's one of those things that makes you scratch your head and wonder why more people aren't on psych meds. !!!




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