Who is RoadBlock 1%er
RoadBlock 1%er grew up in Jacksonville, Florida’s Sin City neighborhood. An admitted adrenaline junkie in his earlier years, he raced on NASCAR-sanctioned tracks in Florida and Georgia, with many of the great drivers from that era, including Wayne Shugart, the Ezells, Eddie MacDonald, Rance Phillips, Herb Spivey and Tiny Lund.
Fast cars led to fast motorcycles, and RoadBlock joined the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in 1971. In the years to follow, he became president of several Florida chapters, then Regional Boss, living the high-speed 1970s lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
In September 1977, he was charged with First Degree Murder in the shotgun slaying of a club hang-around in Daytona, Florida. His accuser also named several other victims who proved to be very much alive. Although the case was dismissed by the State of Florida years later, this encounter with the so-called justice system would haunt RB the rest of his life.
In March 1982, he was arrested on a five-count indictment in Tampa Florida. This drug case centered on the activities of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The only physical evidence presented against RB at trial was his Outlaws patch and four ounces of powdered cocaine. However, he was sentenced to serve maximum consecutive sentences totaling 35 years.
In December 1982, he was again indicted, this time in Jacksonville, Florida. Using the RICO Act, the Court held RoadBlock 1%er responsible for all acts allegedly committed by Outlaws club members during that time. He received a maximum sentence of 40 years, to run concurrent with the Tampa sentence of 35 years. In July 1983, he was shipped to the notorious Leavenworth U.S. Penitentiary.
While in prison, RB educated himself about legal procedures and began fighting back. He became a thorn in the side of the prison officials, forcing them to comply with their own policies of which they were largely ignorant.
As one Judge declared, they wanted to make an example of him to discourage others from joining motorcycle clubs. Ironically, even from a prison cell, RB became well known in the U.S. and internationally as an example of a true 1%er who could not be broken by years of incarceration. As for the motorcycle clubs the judge hoped to eliminate, they are stronger today than ever.
In the years following 9/11, RB began to receive correspondence from young military people. Their courage, despite the traumatic physical and mental injuries they sustained, profoundly affected RB. These vets returned home to a world they no longer felt comfortable in, just as many Vietnam vets did in RB’s era. RB was reminded of the importance of the oath he himself made as a seventeen year old Air Force recruit many years ago to protect and defend the Constitution. Even from his prison cell, RB became an outspoken advocate for disabled vets, and the rights they were due.
In December 2009, RB finally reached his mandatory release date, and was allowed to go home after almost 30 years in prison.
He is now writing a fiction biker series set in the 1970s about the adventures of military vet Joe Wilson. Struggling with PTSD in a time when Vietnam vets were reviled and disrespected, Joe’s rise to power in the notorious Regents Motorcycle Club shows one man’s attempt to find his place in the world.