Home Motorcycle Outlaws Motorcycle Club ‘enforcer’ Randall “Madman” Miller denied compassionate release under First Step Act, ‘showed no compassion’ in killing McHenry County couple for $15

Outlaws Motorcycle Club ‘enforcer’ Randall “Madman” Miller denied compassionate release under First Step Act, ‘showed no compassion’ in killing McHenry County couple for $15


Randall “Madman” Miller used to thunder through the Midwest on a Harley-Davidson as a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, always ready with a knife, a gun, even a bomb.

Often it was while defending the honor of his biker gang against the Hells Angels, the Outlaws’ blood enemy.

These days, Miller rides around in a wheelchair, not a motorcycle, while serving two life sentences in federal prison for a racketeering conviction that encompassed a series of violent crimes, including the 1993 murders of Morris and Ruth Gauger, a couple in their 60s who ran a business near the town of Richmond, McHenry County.

He’s a changed man, the violent former biker gang member and drug dealer said in his closing arguments, and devoted to God now, with his mobility severely limited since having a leg amputated.

Citing poor health and his fears of COVID-19 in prison, he asked U.S. District Judge JPStadtmueller for a compassionate release from prison under the federal First Step Act, which, among other things, allows convicts Federals to seek reduced sentences for drug-related crimes. and allows elderly and ill detainees to apply for compassionate release.

He recently got his answer: a resounding no.

“Our criminal justice system has the capacity – in fact the goal of promoting – remorse and compassion,” said Stadtmueller, who is based in Milwaukee and who, when sentencing Miller in 2000, indicated that he regretted that the law did not allow him to impose the death penalty, said in a decision on February 14. “But recovery requires time and a properly served sentence.”

U.S. District Judge JP Stadtmueller denied a compassionate release from prison for Randall “Madman” Miller, whose crimes included the murder of an elderly couple in McHenry County: “Maybe this case will one day be ripe for compassionate release, but 24 years is still not enough time.

“Perhaps this case will one day be ripe for release on compassionate grounds, but 24 years” – the time Miller has spent in custody since his arrest – “is still not enough time for the injury of the community caused by the defendant’s actions be cured by his punishment and compensated by his failing health,” Stadtmueller wrote. “The defendant receives adequate care in prison for his health needs.”

Miller, 62, is one of many federal prisoners who have sought compassionate release, citing age and poor health, under the First Step Act, which was enacted with bipartisan support, championed by rapper Kanye West and signed into law by then-President Donald. Trump in 2018.

Larry Hoover, co-founder of the Gangster Disciples street gang, described by prosecutors as “one of the most notorious criminals in Illinois history”, was denied his bail application last year in under this law.

Others who have been granted early release from prison include Orville “Orvie” Cochran, a former Chicago Outlaws boss. A judge granted him a compassionate release last year, six months before the end of his five-year sentence for racketeering conspiracy involving attacks on rival gang members. Cochran had cited health issues.

Gregg Gauger, the Gaugers’ eldest son, had asked the judge in October to keep Miller behind bars.

“It shouldn’t matter if Mr. Miller were to contract the COVID virus while incarcerated,” Gauger wrote to the judge. “The essential meaning of Miller’s sentence is that he is destined to end his earthly days confined in federal prison.”

“As the death penalty was not applicable to Miller’s sentence, please at this time reaffirm the life without parole (or early release) sentence that you so successfully imposed on Miller’s original conviction. “

Morris and Ruth Gauger in the mid to late 1940s.

Morris and Ruth Gauger in the mid to late 1940s. Randall “Madman” Miller “slit Mr. Gauger’s throat and left him to bleed to death on his store floor,” prosecutors say. They said Ruth Gauger was killed by an accomplice, “left to die on the floor of the little rug and knick-knack store she operated” on the couple’s McHenry County farm.

Gary Gauger, another son of the victims, was first arrested for the murder of his parents and wrongfully convicted, but was eventually released from prison.

It emerged that Miller, of Pell Lake, Wis., and James “Preacher” Schneider, an Outlaws member who lived in Lake Geneva, Wis., had killed the couple, who ran a motorcycle parts business on their farm in Lake Geneva County. McHenry.


Outlaws Motorcycle Club gang member James “Preacher” Schneider.

“Miller personally slit Mr. Gauger’s throat and left him to bleed to death on his store floor,” prosecutors said in arguing against Miller’s early release. “Mrs. Gauger was killed by Miller’s companion and also left for dead on the floor of the little rug and curio shop she operated on the farm.

They said: “Miller showed no compassion for any of these elderly people who were intentionally killed for what amounted to small change” – about $15. “Nor did he show any sympathy for the Gaugers’ adult son, who, following their murders, was wrongly arrested for the deaths of his parents and, based on forced false confessions, was convicted and sentenced to death.”

“The son’s case was only dismissed after the true facts of the crime were revealed by Miller’s accomplice, who pleaded guilty and testified against Miller.”

The Federal Prison Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, where Randall

The Federal Prison Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, where Randall “Madman” Miller is being held.

The building in Union Grove, Wisconsin where the chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club which included Randall

The building in Union Grove, Wisconsin where the Outlaws Motorcycle Club chapter that included Randall “Madman” Miller met when he was an active member.

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Miller was convicted in a 1997 case involving 17 members of the Outlaws from Chicago, suburban, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.

According to prosecutors, among the other crimes included in the federal racketeering trial in which he was found guilty, “Miller, who turned out to be one of the most violent of the defendants charged, was found to have caused the death by homicide of Donald Wagner, who was lured to a remote location by Miller’s associates and outlaws, then executed by Miller, who shot him in the head with a .22 caliber pistol. murder occurred because of a load of marijuana.

“Miller was also implicated as a conspirator in the homicidal death of Hells Angel Michael Quale, who was stabbed to death at Erie County, New York, Lancaster Speedway. At the request of the Buffalo Outlaw chapter president, Miller and a host of other outlaw and outlaw affiliates traveled to New York City to assault and kill rival bikers.

Further, prosecutors wrote, “The Miller gun whipped and broke the nose of a female bartender during an assault and robbery at the JR Tavern in Calumet City…while fellow outlaws ordered patrons to lie down, smashed glassware and fired shots inside the bar, including one that shattered the television. The massive attack…was aimed at intimidating bar owners so they would no longer cater to rival bikers.

The “most gruesome” of the crimes “were the homicides of Morris and Ruth Gauger”.

Gary Gauger, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents.  It was later shown that members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, Randall

Gary Gauger, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents. Outlaws Motorcycle Club members Randall “Madman” Miller and James “Preacher” Schneider were later shown to have committed the murders.

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Miller, who was described as an “enforcer” for the gang, said in court documents that he “was now in searing pain and a debilitating state of psychological, emotional and physical deterioration. Specifically, he points to rheumatoid arthritis, which he says affects his ability to use his hands, and gastroesophageal disease which affects his ability to eat, with a resulting deleterious effect on his muscle strength and level of energy. energy.

According to court records, “he maintains that he suffers from sleep deprivation, depression and cataracts, and he refers to the amputation of his leg as a ‘nightmare that will follow him to his grave’.”

“According to the accused, in 2003 he ‘became [his] life to God and [hasn’t looked] back.’ In 2012, the accused started working as a volunteer in prison. As part of his pro bono work, the accused sat with dying inmates and interacted with them during their final days and hours. The defendant sees his volunteering as a way to redeem himself.


Randall “Madman” Miller (bottom right) with some of his co-defendants in the racketeering case that sent him to federal prison for life.

“If he is released, the defendant plans to live in New Jersey with his niece (…) far from the people he knew before going to prison.”

Miller, now being held at a prison medical center in Rochester, Minnesota, will not comment.

His co-defendant Schneider is nowhere to be found.