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Clearlake man pleads guilty to gang-related stabbing in Santa Rosa

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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A Clearlake man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an August 2012 stabbing in Santa Rosa that prosecutors charged as a hate crime.

Aaron Joseph Welch, 26, a Barbarian Brotherhood gang member, pleaded guilty on Thursday to two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and admitted to personally inflicting great bodily injury on one victim, along with hate crime and gang allegations, according to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch.

“Gang violence will not be tolerated and will continue to be aggressively prosecuted,” Ravitch said. “The hate crime aspect of the assault makes the crime particularly egregious.”

The charges resulted from an assault that took place near the McDonald’s on Santa Rosa Avenue in South Santa Rosa, Ravitch’s office reported.

On Aug. 26, 2012, at approximately 2:00 a.m., it is alleged that Welch and co-defendant Salvatore Bordessa both wielded knives and assaulted two male victims.

Welch is alleged to have stabbed one of the victims in the arm and leg requiring stitches to close each wound.

During the assault Welch yelled racial slurs and “BBH,” the common initials of a white supremacist criminal street gang, the “Barbarian Brotherhood,” of which Welch is a member.

Sentencing is set for Thursday, Feb. 21, before the Judge Gary Medvigy.

The guilty pleas are part of a plea negotiation in which Welch will be sentenced to prison for 15 years, Ravitch reported.

Bordessa’s preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, Feb. 19, along with Vanessa Michaels, who is alleged to have taken a telephone from a witness, preventing the police from being called.

The case is prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jason Riehl. Sgt. John Cregan and Det. Kyle Philp of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.

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written by jmadison, January 27, 2013
Instead of putting a prison in Clearlake, why don't we just put a wall around it and keep people inside. It can be their own free state. They can do whatever they want to each other. Oooh....but what would happen if we cut off the tax payer funded checks going into the city??
written by a guest, January 27, 2013
might spend 7 years in prison! Then this fine outstanding gentleman will be released to walk among the rest of us, leaner & meaner! smilies/angry.gif
Gangs in Clearlake?
written by a guest, January 27, 2013
From my experience in Clearlake, over 10 years ago, the name is appropriate: Barbarian Brothers.It all grew out of a sociopathic youth culture that no one cared about.
Humboldt Stuff
I had to laugh
written by Humboldt Stuff, January 26, 2013
one dayfilling up at knotts gas in clearlake, i was within feet of a white supremacist tattooed imbecile, and a few more feet from the guy running knotts, the possible owner i assumed an east indian maybe and a very soft spoken and kind individual. I was legally armed and just amused at the local situation. And it didnt matter, white trash, brown trash asian trash...ALL trash outside.....decent man inside.....thats it....all else is agenda driven BS....
written by #1, January 26, 2013
Lol, BBH, how funny. i forgot that a bunch of these piece of s**t clearlake racists call themselves a gang. id like to see all them losers go to jail. BBH, lol, any grown adult thinks their all pathetic idiots.

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