Billy Lane Plea Deal. From No Prison Up To 9 Years.

blane1Lane was charged two years ago with one count of DUI manslaughter in connection with the 2006 traffic accident in which Gerald Morelock, 56 was killed. In light of ongoing legal discussions over the permissibility of blood evidence at trial, prosecutors in late December added an alternative charge of vehicular homicide, which requires the state to prove that Lane was driving recklessly but does not include the drug or alcohol element needed to prove DUI manslaughter. Both charges are second-degree felonies, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

But under the terms of the plea deal, Billy Lane defense attorney Eisenmenger said prosecutors will drop the DUI manslaughter charge. Instead, they will seek a 9-year prison term for the vehicular homicide charge. After many delays, Lane is expected in court Tuesday morning to change his “Not Guilty Plea”. He would then be sentenced at 9 a.m. Aug. 14. Eisenmenger will seek a sentence that calls for no time in prison. “We believe there are mitigating factors in this case. . . . And we’re going to be presenting those to the court at sentencing,” he said. Billy Lane home is in foreclosure process. (With The Help Of Florida Today)

36 Responses to “Billy Lane Plea Deal. From No Prison Up To 9 Years.”

  1. 1 Jeff Nicklus Jun 8th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Oh man …. I can hardly wait to read what will surely be written herein about this development!

    Over & Out,


  2. 2 Bent Muller Jun 8th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Will this horrible saga ever end?

  3. 3 harry Jun 8th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    However this plays out in the courtroom, hopefully this will come to an end soon so all parties involved can get on with their lives and do what they need to do so they can get on with life. For the Morelock family, hopefully they can achieve some kind of closure and for Mr. Lane, if he does serve time in a correctional facility, he can do his time, and go on with life as well. This is a really negative situation no matter how you try to size it up, but when the day comes, it will come to and end and people can go on and hopefully learn from it. That is my two cents…Harry

  4. 4 bob Jun 8th, 2009 at 4:33 pm


    its a lose ~ lose situation.

    it will work out however it will work out.

    my sympathy to both sides.

    the whole thing sucks though…

  5. 5 Brett Jun 8th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    This entire thing is odd. If they reached an agreement, wouldn’t the sentence already be agreed upon?

    I dunno, it just seems weird that he could be locked up for 9 years yet & he is “agreeing” to that. My guess is his lawyer is pretty sure of the no time thing, but that is 50/50 at best in my opinion. The judge could disagree with everything he says. I also thought all these “mitigating factors” were what were holding everything up currently.

  6. 6 Ronnie Jun 8th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Easy to understand. The Judge will accept this agreement. The State will be asking for 9 yrs. and the defense will be asking for no prison time. It will be the Judge’s call. Better than to ake 15 years in a trial..

  7. 7 John Messmer Jun 8th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    The only thing I want to say is that Cyril is doing objective reporting and doesn’t write bullshit like others in many other forums & blogs. The worst being a well known incompetent and hypocrit who is calling himself “Beach”. The guy can’t get his facts straight even when he copies his info from other reliable sources. Looking for closure in this bad Billy Lane story. It’s time.

  8. 8 Jessica Jun 8th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    One way or the other, tomorrow or after tomorrow, Billy will be back at building bikes. The only thing he knows to do and to do well.

  9. 9 Pete Pearson Jun 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I bet (bad word) for 2 to 4 years, and a GIANT attorney bill.

  10. 10 Gutterat Jun 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    What a joke!!!!!! What a bunch of soft peaces of DUNG You Dung are this man needs to pay for his crime not pay the judge. He needs top go to JAIL PRISON GET RAPED AND THEN DEAL WITH THAT.
    Gerald Morelock is still dead and rotting in his grave. He won,t get to go to jail. I bet he would if he were alive !!!!


  11. 11 Grayhawk Jun 8th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I usually do not chime in on these type postings but I am going to tell you a personal story from one who has been involved in another persons loss of life. On a two lane black top highway just outside DeRidder, La. in the mid 60’s myself and my high school buddy were flying down the highway in an old Corvair, he was driving, but both of us were bullet proof, knew it all and were going for it, he lost control in a curve subsequently he was thrown out of the car and killed and I survived.

    But believe this if you never believe anything else I say. I can not bring back my friend, Billy can not change what has happened. I can attest first hand that Billy Lane whether he does a couple years time or not is irrelevent in the total scheme of things as he will live with the guilt and involvement forever and its not a good thing, prison would be a cakewalk and whenever a story of similar surfaces he will face it again and again you never get away from the guilt of involvement right or wrong or both wrong it does not matter. There is no way around it he will serve time in his mind from that day on.

    I would rather see Billy commit to working with young builders showing/telling them the pitfalls of fast money, irresponsible living and better the next generation of builders and others lest some fall into the same traps. Not a justification of right or wrong, fault or no fault, judge or judgemental but reality of done is done, what can you/he do as a person to make some good from the bad. No winners here just the lawyers.

    My sincere sorrow for the fellow that paid his price of life. Hoping Billy dedicates himself to the betterment of others.


  12. 12 Huggie Jun 9th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    I agree with you. I know if I was involved in the death of someone, I would live in my own personal hell. Prison would not come close to what I would put myself through. I can say, honestly, that since I found about Billy’s accident that I have not driven drunk since then. I very seldom did it, but now I don’t at all.
    In my opinion Billy could do more good by speaking up at rallys instead how sitting in jail.
    Just my opinion.

  13. 13 James (Kiwi) Jun 9th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    It is so easy to scream abuse when your ignorant of the full facts.They will only become evident in the court of law where in the eyes of God, and his pears he will be judged.
    Not by the fools and idiots on blogs, talk back shows and radio.

    I’ve been in deep strife with the law and the picture they painted was very bleak and also 80% lies.
    What they release to the media is absolute propaganda,
    As will be the facts they have realeased about Billy Lane.
    We have a joke here that PA does not stand for press association but police association.
    The old snooping press reporter is gone, it is all quick and now.That is the cost of having instant interenet news.
    All it does is give the slower and uninformed a chance to voice an empty opinion.

    Billy Lane,like all people that live in a democratic country deserves a fair trial.
    Justice is not a given you have to fight for it ,and like any true biker thats what he’s doing.

    Any body that rides an ol Flatty across America deserves Justice ,Just wish I could figure out the fcukin Linkert on mine.

    James (kiwi)

  14. 14 Boss Hawg Jun 9th, 2009 at 7:28 am


    You must be one sick pup…apparently you just hang around at the coffee shop and like to hear your mouth running. Ride a John Deere, too?

    If you are so hell bent about Billy Lane dropping the soap….maybe you stand behind him and attempt to mount up….let’s see who the man is?

    Let the legal system work…if you don’t like the American system then get off your ass and start writing the judge and prosecutor. Be like Mike Odom….go to damn near every hearing.

    Who’s the man….Billy Lane and let justice prevail.

    As my dear industry friend says…over & out!

    Boss Hawg

  15. 15 Cade Jun 9th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    A hundred years from now…none of this shit talk here will matter.

  16. 16 Kirk Perry Jun 9th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    What we need is more alcohol, more bars, more alcohol and, then some more alcohol. They should make baby bottles for alcohol, to get the kids started sooner.
    Then Harley-Davidson should throw a huge Ocotber=fest in Milwaukee, where you guessed it, alcohol is served.
    Florida needs more beer bars, for blow-hards to sit around and swap lies, and then get on their motorcycles and get killed or kill some innocent bystander, whose just trying to make his way.
    Get Anheiser-Busch, Coors, Henekien, Miller, St. Pauli Girl, and some of the others to bring the booze.
    Alcohol is the only way to keep the population down. Bikers are stoopid. Let them hoist rounds in celebration of the biggest biker fool in the state and then travel from one bar to another and celebrate alcohol, because “it’s so cool to be drunk”.
    Lower the drinking age to 18, the brewers will love you. Have another (hic!) drink. Hooray!!!

  17. 17 Pitbull Jun 9th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Kirk Perry is a retard, WTF, you probably don’t like guns either huh? Do you drive a hybrid?

  18. 18 Kirk Perry Jun 9th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Tips On Prison (Part 1), wrote a book about it!

    1. Take off all rings and other bling before you check into county jail. Your “gold” ring will be listed as “gold colored metal ring”, so when it gets stolen out of lock-up, you can;t sue the state of Florida for a real gold ring.

    2. If your white, you have two choices, stick with the “surfers” or join a white supremacy gang.
    As soon as you enter the first county lock-up tank, head directly for a seat on the floor (if your white). Latinos and blacks will take all the benches available, unless of course your feeling frisky and would like to punch-out a few people on the way down – then by all means pick out the biggest dude in the tank and start wailing.

    3. Include all the vistior”s names you can think of on your first “vistors list” that you submit to the screws. It’s almost impossible to amend your visitor’s list later to include more people.

    4. In the county tanks, always, always, always be on the lookout for extra sack lunches the guards pass around periodically. Covet these bag lunches of baloney, plastic cheese and white bread. Perhaps there will be a square orange or beat-apple in there too.
    Note: The federal government has the biggest prison budget. Unlimited milk and cereal. The states have much less of a prison budget. You can starve in State Prison, or feel like it.

    5. Try and put as much money “on the prison books” as possible, from day one. Bags of potato chips, and yellow peppers will get you through more lonely times than the bible. Note: The bible’s in prison (and juvee) are thin-paper, and used to roll big spliffs (joints), which make the smoke smoother than smoking newspaper joints.

    6. Stay off the “ramps” in prison where ex-alkys sit around and b.s. all day. This will eventually get you put in a “cross” withother groups or someone, and eventually stabbed to death. Stay a loner. “Surfers” are a safe group in costal prison areas. If you get incarcerated inland, good luck.

  19. 19 Kirk Perry Jun 9th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Tips on Prison (part 2)

    1. Riots in prison: Springtime is a good reason for riots. Some riots are instigated by prison guards. The guards get bored or their daily routine and they are paid more during riot conditions, and doggone it, riots break up the same dull routine. Springtime, since most prisoners are under stress to be free for the summer, which they aren’t going to be. There are lots of drugs in prison. Pot is the all time favorite. Keeps the prison mellow, which works against the guards, because, “Doggone it, you’re not suppose to have a good time in prison!”
    Life is the same in prison, as out of prison. The bankers and white collar people all convert back to the past, like 20 or 30 yrs. in the past. So, the bankers and white collar people now incarcerated are dressed in beads like hippies from 40 yrs. ago, or they skulk around in quilt-pattern welders hats. Your wouldn’t recognize them from their street lives they once lived.
    Not much cocaine in prison though….to much metal door slamming, domino slapping, and hollering. Certain groups of people in prison communicate by hollering at each other. Even though you don’t understand their screeching, they are communicating in a perfectly normal way to each other. Get use to it.
    Try and move off the “flats” to an upper tier over time. Life can be good on an upper tier cell. You leave the domino slappers to their own indulgences and you stay locked in your “house” with bags of chips, cycle mags, and maybe some weed. A bag of Doritos with yellow-pepper juice sprinkled into the open bag. Shake it up….Boy howdy…..maybe sprinkle some baby powder between the sheets…..who-wee, get comfy!!…you’re really “jailin’ it” now!!!!!

  20. 20 KAREND6656 Jun 9th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Jeff Nicklus: you said it all lets see the reactions to this now… come on people. give it a rest. It isn’t in any of our hands, just give it all a rest. Everyone lost here… enough. Leave Billy alone.

  21. 21 Kirk Perry Jun 9th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    If Billy Lane were as “fish-faced and fished-lipped ugly” as Barney Fife (Don Knotts, from Mayberry, USA), nobody would EVEN care about Billy Lane.
    Billy will do alright in the joint, because the same people that idolize him out here, will also idolize him in prison, as long as he shows EVERYBODY the upmost respect.
    This isn’t so much “about Billy”, as it is about his situation. They won’t throw the book at him, because he’s still got “cute” going for him and some people know him from TV.

    Tip from the top:
    The longer you can prolong your trial, the less time you will get (if your attorney can draw a liberal [democrat or Freedom party] judge. But, if your liberal judge gets re-assigned or goes on vacation when your court date arrives, and your attorney can’t get a continuance, and you have to go before a hanging-judge (typically Republican) that’s “sitting-in” for him, then you might get more time than you expected.
    And, If your fight your court case (which cost everyone time and money), and you LOSE your court case, then your sentencing will reflect the time and money you wasted on a “bum” defense.

    First and foremost, the more Billy is flogged in public forums, the better for Billy’s sentencing.
    It always helps (or hinders) in this particular situation, if the families involved express their opinion to the sentencing investigators when contacted.

    I have never seen, to date, any news headline that reads, “Man killed when rolling through a red light smoking a reefer madness joint”.
    I have read many times headlines that say “Man killed while speeding through a red light, while drunk on alcohol and oh yeah, he’s also had some reefer in his blood, and some other stuff, like some coke, some “heroin, or some meth, or some other junk in there too” – Wally, from “Leave it to Beaver” © 1959.
    Now why is that? Why does nobody get killed running through a red light, stoned on marijuana, and nothing else in his bloodstream? Never heard too much on that side of it. Any more info on that?

  22. 22 Mike Greenwald Jun 9th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    A judge dropped a DUI manslaughter charge and accepted a no contest plea on a vehicular homicide charge for the motorcycle builder who killed a 56-year-old Sebastian Park Inlet ranger in September 2006.

    Billy Lane could be sentenced to a maximum of nine years in prison and face a lifetime driver’s license suspension. A judge will make the final decision on August 14 at 9 a.m.

  23. 23 john reed Jun 9th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    mike greenwald
    If you don’t have a dog in this hunt, what are you doing here?

  24. 24 john reed Jun 9th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    sorry, I should not have said that

  25. 25 cooldaddy51 Jun 9th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Howabout gettin back to bikes and the industry we thrive on . Billy Lane blah blah bullshit!
    Anybody else would fry for running down somebody while drunk! Sounds like celebrity dollars at work ! See that now you have me commenting on it !

  26. 26 Gutterrat Jun 11th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Boss Hawg

    Well if I did get behind him in the shower unlike Gerald Morelock he would have a chance to show every one what type of man he really is . A Man deals with his mistakes and don’t run or get some one to take the heat for him, but i guess when you have a lot of money to spend you become pussyfied . As for him losing his house a lot of people are losing or lost there house but at least they did not Kill some one and get away with it .

    Have him do community service, BULL and talk at high schools about druck driving yea right there are allready fools out there doing that we don’t need another ” AS LONG AS I CAN TOUCH ONE PERSON MY TALK HERE WAS WORTH IT . ” BULL .

    The legal system is broken when it takes two years to come to trial for KILLING another man . But it only takes a self defence case 4 months to get 3 years

    Kirk Perry, CHIPS AND SMOKE don’t last long enough do they ?

  27. 27 Psycho Drew Jun 15th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    It’s all cool getting fucked up and shit,but you are accountable for your actions.I know I have been.Good luck with the outcome.Hope the family forgives ,that is the main issue at this point.

  28. 28 J9 Jun 26th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I know from experence what it’s Iike. Heading home from dinner a girl jay walked and we hit her. That was July 4th 2007. She died July 7th 2007. We did nothing wrong. We weren’t drinking. We don’t do drugs. We were just coming back from dinner. Nothing can ever be an accident these days. Someone always has to be at fault. Someone always has to pay. At least that’s what the parents of the 21 year old girl that JAY WALKED thinks. It’s hell knowing that you (not purposely) killed someone. That image stays with you. I can remember it like it was yesterday. So if Billy Lane does time or doesn’t do time that image of that night will always haunt him. It still does me and like I said we did nothing wrong. According to the cop ” we were at the wrong place at the wrong time”

  29. 29 raycwheeler Jun 26th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Best of luck Billy ,

    A Santa Clara Sheriff’s Deputy sentenced to 4 months in the county jail, or possible home detention .

    And 800 hours of community service . T

    he sheriff had fallen asleep while driving his cruiser , crossed the center line and killed 2 bicyclists .

    Santa Clara county charged the cop with 2( misdemeanor ) counts of vehicular manslaughter.


  30. 30 bikerbabe69tn Jul 17th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    My husband knows Billy for years,went to college with him in Miami,and he feels that what he did was despicably wrong and he should pay for it just like anyone else.The fact that someone is a celebrity should have no bearing on justice.3 time DUI???The mandatory on that has got to be stiff let alone when you kill someone in a no passing lane!!!!!!!!He had better do at least 7 years or someone is being bribed.

  31. 31 Idea Jul 21st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    His house is in foreclosure – so he needs a place to stay anyway!

  32. 32 nikki1160 Aug 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    If Billy walks away with no jail time, it will be the biggest travesty of American justice since OJ. Everything is for sale in America

  33. 33 Mike Greenwald Aug 4th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    John Reed,

    You would like to know what I am doing here. My apologies for the delayed response.

    First of all, I am attempting to prevent a lynch mob mentality that is fueled by inaccuracy and misperception of what actually happened and what is happening.

    For some, perception of what happened that moment is what they have garnered from the media, and for others, a fantasy of a personal justice.

    Many respondents on this blog and on a multitude of other boards, forums and lists have the idiot wind blowing across their teeth.

    Before unleashing gossip about what would have, could have or should have been; search for the facts and the truth. Know in your mind what is really going on. Know in your heart what is right. Know the laws and how they apply or do not apply.

    Do not assume that laws of any other state apply to Florida law.

    Now that you know the laws of Florida and you have fully researched all of the investigative reports that have been generated by law enforcement investigators, know the prosecutor and determine what actions and statements to the media have been made for re-election.

    Many respondents, here and elsewhere, claim familiarity with the law or the defendant or know somebody that met him or had a twenty third cousin twice removed on the illegitimate side of your family that had something similar happen. This applies how?

    Alcohol is not a question in this case. Neither party was found guilty. Alcohol has no bearing upon the outcome.

    The pass that was being made was and still is legal.

    The resultant fatality does not indicate innocence by death nor exonerate actions nor inactions by either party.

    Assessing all of the information available that can be used in the sentencing phase while being mindful of recent court cases that share similar attributes, you will see that the prosecution accomplished the goal of headline grabbing and playing out celebrity for all of the money that it was worth and then some.

    Interestingly enough, should there be a Federal investigation into the Prosecutor’s office, there will be many careers that will come under scrutiny for this case and a long line of dirty dealings.

    Be careful of what you ask for. You just may get it.

  34. 34 T Rex Aug 11th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    to bad

  35. 35 johnny r boyd May 10th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    WOW i can’t believe this shit. First of all Billy has all lot of influence with teens and the biker crowd why waste that and i might note that the family of Gerald supported a decision that would have required Billy to do a lot of community style of work. Secondly, I read where Bill is looking to God daily this is great and will be the only true answer to his grief and will also be the driving force to how he finishes out his life. Thirdly and probably most importantly, you prejudice people, a couple of weeks earlier a baseball player ran over a man trying to catch a bus, yes alcohol was a factor, and his whole sentence was suspended. Oh. i see we love our over paid athletes so they get off but a biker “shit” like Billy he goes to jail. For a lot of us Billy and Indian Larry gave us a great moment when the two of them decided there was no winner in a biker build off and cut up the trophy, WOW. I like to see you selfish idiots put aside your selfishness long enough to do something like that. Billy has heart he does what he loves and has made a good living doing it but he would have built bikes anyway. I have his first book and I remember several times in it he leaves a subject and then says ” if you (the reader) wants to know the whole story catch me at a bike show and I will tell you the whole story.” Really, who does that? Who cares enough to tie up that kind of personal time. Obviously Billy does. Anyway, we love ya, we miss ya and we are praying for you. I know he will have some constaints put on him when he gets out but I will hope to see him at Daytona where we can knock back a couple of cold Sprites or Mountain Dews. Ray B.

  36. 36 josh Oct 13th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    i miss seeing billy, miss talking to him! hate it for everybody involded!

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