Judge Accepts Billy Lane Plea Of No Contest Of Vehicular Homicide

Under the terms of the plea bargain, in exchange for Billy Lane pleading guilty to a single charge of vehicular homicide, prosecutors dropped a DUI manslaughter charge. Billy faces a maximum of nine years in prison when he is sentenced at 9 a.m. August 14 by Circuit Judge Robert Burger. The deal also mandates a lifetime license suspension, though defense lawyer Greg Eisenmenger said Lane might be able to retain use of it for specific purposes, such as work, and will request a non-incarcerating sentence. Probation, house arrest or alcohol and drug provisions will be up to the discretion of the judge (With the help of Florida Today).


45 Responses to “Judge Accepts Billy Lane Plea Of No Contest Of Vehicular Homicide”

  1. 1 Chris Rinkler Jun 9th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I am wondering. At the price of lawyers during almost 3 years, how much money would you pay to avoid one year in jail x number of years. Billy Lane is foreclosing on his townhouse, and is going to be in debt for many, many years. So, he will file for personal bankruptcy. No loan, no mortgage, no credit cards during at least 7 years, maybe no recreational driving and riding for the rest of his life, trauma of jail if any incarceration. Many don’t recover. I wish him the best.

  2. 2 raycwheeler Jun 9th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Good luck .

    Hang in there & do the right thing .


  3. 3 OPM Jun 9th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    3 years of torture waiting to know your faith. It’s almost enough punition. Unfortunately, I think that Billy will have to do some time, 1 or 2 years.

  4. 4 Gerry Jun 9th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Hang on Billy & come back in the industry.

  5. 5 Brandon Jun 9th, 2009 at 10:07 pm


  6. 6 Mike Greenwald Jun 10th, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Nine years is a bunch of crap. The extra time because of the appearances on television as a motorcycle builder are a punk assed move by a punk assed prosecutor.

    With wisdom and insight, the judge will reject this forced plea agreement and not further screw up the court system with an issue that has grounds for appeal. Having a decision appealed and overturned is more damaging than making the correct decision from the start.

    Billy Lane is no longer on trial here. The courts in Florida most definitely are on trial. If the court were to base the decision upon precedents set within the State of Florida or look to other states rulings for guidance, Billy Lane will not suffer any mindless power games that the prosecutor is setting forth.

  7. 7 TJK Jun 10th, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Poor Billy Lane, give me a break. Lane’s reckless drunk driving caused a family to lose their father, husband and grandfather. A pain that will last way longer then any slap on the rest Billy Lane gets.
    Lane deserves too lose everything including his freedom.

  8. 8 Doc Robinson Jun 10th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Billy is a really nice guy who only did what many of us have done during our lifetime; he drove after drinking. Only luck prevented something like this happening to us. This doesn’t excuse Billy in any way, however, it sickens me the way people on this and other blogs judge and sentence him. He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.

  9. 9 Mike Greenwald Jun 10th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    You may not be a moron, however, you have shown no proof of that.

  10. 10 Rogue Jun 10th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    This was printed in US RIDER NEWS


    Editorial On Billy Lane

    My soapbox is sitting over in the corner gathering
    dust. I’m staring at it, trying to find the inspiration
    write something worthy of your time.
    this hectic world, asking you to take 5 or 10
    minutes out of your schedule to read my ramblings is
    not a request I take lightly.
    I’ve been asked to write something in support
    of Billy Lane. His attorneys and the local
    prosecuting attorney’s office are close to
    hammering out a plea bargain that will end several
    years of legal maneuvering on both sides.
    I’ve been hesitant to weigh in on this case simply because it’s diffi cult
    to be objective.
    I’m not close personal friends with Billy Lane, but we know each other.
    I have been around him in various social settings and seen how well he
    treats his fans who approach him to press the fl esh.
    I’ve observed him in his business dealings and from all reports, he’s
    been a straight up guy, true to his word and reasonable to deal with.
    Most of the facts in the case are not in dispute. Some of the crucial
    evidence is.
    If you’ve forgotten or just returned from a long 30 month tour of
    Siberia, the facts in reference are that on Labor Day weekend 2006,
    Billy Lane was driving a promotional Dodge pickup truck. A female
    passenger was in the front seat. There were one or more vehicles in
    front of the Dodge when Billy pulled out to pass. Gerald Morelock was
    on his Yamaha scooter approaching from the opposite direction.
    Billy’s truck collided with Gerald’s scooter and Gerald was killed and
    Billy and his passenger were injured.
    The police forcibly obtained a blood sample to test for blood alcohol
    content. (Billy refused to voluntarily provide one.)
    Police said the test showed Billy was more than twice as intoxicated as
    the State of Florida allows. They charged him with DUI manslaughter.
    Billy, through his attorney, said the State allowed the blood to sit in unrefrigerated
    storage where natural decomposition caused the test to be
    abnormally high.
    “Uh oh,” said the State. “We screwed up. A judge might agree with
    Billy’s attorneys and throw out the blood evidence, and then we don’t
    have a case. Just to be safe, let’s add another charge of vehicular
    The added charge carries the same penalty, or close enough, and it
    doesn’t require the State to prove that Billy was DUI.
    Now it was the defense attorneys turn to say “uh oh.”
    With this new wrinkle, Billy’s attorneys sought a plea deal.
    Then there is the victim’s family. They successfully sued Daimler-
    Chrysler and won an undisclosed settlement.
    Gerald Morelock’s brother has told the media that his brother would not
    want revenge and supports a common sense plea deal.
    In April The blogsphere was a twitter with news that a plea deal was
    Then the deal fell apart at the last minute.
    Sources close to both sides say the major sticking point is jail time.
    There is talk of having Billy perform community service including
    Public Service Announcements for MADD and other anti-drinking
    Billy’s legions of supporters say the District Attorney has a personal
    agenda and is trying to make an example of the celebrity custom bike
    builder. They insist Billy has learned his lesson and he should be
    allowed to pay his debt to society in a manner that will do the most
    good, and perhaps save lives in the process.
    They also point out that Morelock had alcohol in his blood, and insist
    the victim in this case share a small part of the responsibility for his
    own death.
    Others believe Billy’s status as a motorcycle celebrity should not
    provide Billy with the vehicle to escape a jail cell.
    If you’re waiting on my opinion, don’t hold your breath. Unless you
    look good in blue.
    From a business perspective, Choppers Inc., Billy Lane’s custom bike
    building business has been severely damaged as a result of the accident
    and more recently the economic implosion of our economy.
    It’s highly unlikely that Billy will ever be able to fully recover from
    the serious fi nancial blow this incident has dealt him. To the corporate
    world, Billy is a toxic asset and I don’t see any sponsorship deals
    coming his way.
    There are those in this industry who will never forget or forgive Billy
    and (rightly or wrongly) will forever believe whatever punishment he
    eventually receives will not serve the interests of justice.
    For that I can sympathize with Billy and the situation he fi nds himself
    in. Over the years I’ve prayed more than once and asked God to “Give
    me mercy, not justice.” No doubt many of you have done the same.
    Then there is another well known motorcyclist named Billy who found
    himself in a similar vehicular manslaughter situation three years earlier.
    William Bill Janklow, a four term governor of South Dakota and a
    member of the US House of Representatives who ran a stop sign and
    killed motorcyclist Randolph Scott.
    Janklow was convicted. He resigned from the
    House of Representatives, lost his law license
    for a time and served 100 days in jail. After
    the first 30 days he was allowed to leave the
    jail for several hours each day to perform
    community service.
    Should Billy Lane be treated any
    different? Thank goodness that’s not
    for me to decide, but I can’t see where
    his punishment should be any harsher
    than Janklow’s.
    Until next time, ride safe and
    always take the road less traveled.

    Scott Cochran

  11. 11 Dead and Gone Jun 10th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Billy Lane should get the MAX – You can’t say “poor Billy” when he had multiple DUI’s. All Bikers will be safer with this reckless idiot off the roads. He was illegally passed THREE cars drunk at high speed when he KILLED a fellow rider. He should never get the privilege to ride again since all he’s done is fought taking responsibility for his actions.

  12. 12 Rogue Jun 10th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I will post my personal opinions soon

  13. 13 Bigger Things to Waste Your Breath On Jun 10th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I’m about done with Billy period. His ego and complete disregard for those other than himself led to this.
    Doc, sure we’ve all had a couple and then hit the road…but how many of us has decided that passing on a 2 lane was a good idea while we were drunk? Likewise, I can’t afford an attorney the same as Billy Lane…so what’s my pennance? And Gerald Morelock…where’s his justice? This man left a family behind…Lane left a career behind him…again, due to compolete disregard for those other than himself. I say let him rot…he can give everybody the ol’ Al Bundy story about how great he used to be.

    I don’t wish this situation upon anyone, but sure as I live, I would expect to get the book thrown at me, and be down on my knees in front of the entire courtroom begging his family for forgiveness, instead of sitting behind my lawyer thinking “Oh no…I might actually have to pay for what I did…please get me outta this?”

    I wouldn’t be sickened by him being judged by others…he deserves it. God will judge him as well.
    God Bless Gerald Morelock’s family in this time…it must truly hurt to see somebody with such blatant lack of sorrow being allowed to get less than what they deserve.

  14. 14 Just Some Dude Jun 10th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    What if it was your child, parent, spouce…that was killed. Would you say just let Billy go with a slap on the wrist?

  15. 15 Knuckelhead Jun 10th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    He KILLED a brother.

  16. 16 Rogue Jun 10th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I think the court should take into consideration what the Morelock family would like to happen.
    Here is what the family had to say in the Florida Today newspaper on 6/10/09

    The victim’s brother, Byron Morelock, did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, but said he and his son, Sean, plan to speak at Lane’s sentencing.

    He declined to say what type of punishment he thinks Lane should receive, but stressed that he wanted whatever it is to use Lane’s celebrity to raise money for charity in his brother’s name and benefit others.

    “Let’s do something positive,” Morelock said. “In my heart I know that this is what my dear brother Gerry would have wanted.”

  17. 17 Rogue Jun 10th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Please explain how Morelock was a brother?

  18. 18 Rogue Jun 10th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Just Some Dude
    Then you should have No Problem if the Morelock family decides on what punishment Billy gets as it was part of their family

  19. 19 Rogue Jun 10th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Bigger Things to Waste Your Breath On

    Your statement – Doc, sure we’ve all had a couple and then hit the road –

    So you got luck when driving under the infulence. You would be talking out the other side of your mouth if you were in his position and it sounds like you are upset more that Billy has the money for a good attorney and you do not about this.

    Billy has been doing everything that he is expected to do as well as making amends with the Morelock family and hopefully with himself when this is over and yes some where down the road he will also have to answer to God.
    I am sure God will forgive him as has the Morelock family.

  20. 20 Rogue Jun 10th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Dead and Gone

    I do not know where you got your information about the DUIs But I believe you are wrong.
    Also the passing over other cars. That charge was dropped because under Florida Law the pass was started in a legal passing zone and that is why the prosecutor dropped those charges a long time ago.
    Billy has taken responsibility for his action in a lawful manner. Maybe not to your liking But he has in the correct manner allowed him by law.

  21. 21 Mike Greenwald Jun 10th, 2009 at 5:24 pm


    You said, “He KILLED a brother.”

    What made this moped ridin’, law breakin’ drunk that died your brother?

  22. 22 nicker Jun 10th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    “….[over] at last………. [over] at last……. Thank God all mighty, its [over] at last…”


  23. 23 jatinder pal Jun 11th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Billy is a good bike builder no doubt about that,but his action of alchohol and driving proved to be lethal.Surely his life is ruined,but personally 9 yrs is bit too long… its what the destiny is….

  24. 24 Knuckelhead Jun 11th, 2009 at 6:41 am


  25. 25 JT Jun 11th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Good answer Knucklehead!

  26. 26 Curt! Jun 12th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I wonder what the outcome would have been had Billy been required to use a public defender. In the US justice is dispensed according to the size of your bankroll. It may have cost Billy every dollar he had, but that’s the price he’s willing to pay to stay out of prison for a few years. He’s paid a high price, but was it equal to the price paid by the Morelock family?
    I wonder what the outcome will be in the case of the 15 year old that T-boned Top Fuel motorcycle racer Griz Robinson in Pueblo, Co. a few weeks ago? Does he deserve the same defense that Billy got?
    In both cases a family needlessly lost a husband, father, brother, son.

  27. 27 Knuckelhead Jun 13th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Explanation. My answer I stand by. I wish Billy all the best. He must pay for what he did under Fla. law. 9 years is much but a lot better than 15 years. Life without a drivers licence, I don’t like. One has to work. A very restricted one I can see. If all I’ve read about what the Morelock family is true then I hope the judge considers it. What a humble family they are. But I do see no time served a mockery of Fla. law. And yes Rogue should Billy reach out to and ask God, God will forgive him.

  28. 28 Brett Jun 17th, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Before any of you get to carried away with Billy Lane & what he should or shouldn’t get……….

    Let’s all just keep in mind now, NFL Receiver Donte Stallworth. He did the very same thing. While he did not kill someone on a scooter, so you all can scream he killed a brother, he did kill someone while he was driving drunk.

    He also was in Florida when this happened. He also plead down from DUI Manslaughter to Vehicular Manslaughter.

    He got 30 DAYS…THIRTY DAYS in jail.

    So there you go. This is your Florida law. Precident has now been set, so if Billy does 1 month, none of you can bitch.

    Like someone on an NFL forum said, good thing he didn’t run over one of Micheal Vick’s dogs because then he’d be sitting for years.

    I am sure once the sentencing happens, Billy will speak & do the accepting of this everyone is so mad he hasn’t done already.

    I will be pissed now if he gets more then 30 days because I’m tired of Pro Athletes getting let off of crimes. Besides this one, St. Louis Rams Leonard Little was drunk & killed a woman. He got 2 weeks in jail & then 5 years probation. There was also the little fact that the conviction & felony got erased from his record after his probation was up. The day after he was done with probation, he was arrested for Drunk Driving & they couldn’t use his past charge agaist him because it was erased from his record.

    Lane’s lawyer needs to bring this case to court with him for the sentencing.

    Here’s Stallworth’s story

    “MIAMI — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth took full responsibility for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida and began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter.

    Stallworth also reached a confidential financial settlement to avoid a potential lawsuit from the family of 59-year-old Mario Reyes, according to Stallworth’s attorney, Christopher Lyons. Reyes was struck and killed March 14 by Stallworth, who was driving his black 2005 Bentley after a night drinking at a swanky hotel bar.

    A source told ESPN’s Kelly Naqi that while the financial terms of the settlement with the family have not been disclosed, Stallworth was covered by two insurance policies: a car insurance policy and a $5 million umbrella policy.

    Stallworth, 28, told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy that he hopes to get involved in drunken-driving education programs.

    “I accept full responsibility for this horrible tragedy,” said Stallworth, who was accompanied at the hearing by his parents, siblings and other supporters. “I will bear this burden for the rest of my life.”

    Donte’ Stallworth, accompanied by his lawyer, Christopher Lyons, has a lifetime suspension from holding a driver’s license, and must serve two years’ house arrest and eight years on probation.

    Stallworth faced 15 years in prison. According to the plea agreement, Stallworth needs to serve only 24 days of his 30-day sentence. Murphy agreed to give Stallworth credit for the one day he already served, April 2, which was the day of his arrest and booking. In addition, Stallworth received an additional five days of credit because of a Florida state statute stating anyone who is sentenced to 30 days (besides civil, contempt, drug treatment and house arrest cases) automatically gets five days’ credit time served for every 30 days, spokesperson Janelle Hall of the Miami Dade County Corrections Department told Naqi.

    After his release from jail, Stallworth must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation.

    Lyons said the plea agreement will allow Stallworth to resume his football career.

    The Akron Beacon Journal reported that according to an NFL source, commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to discipline Stallworth before the Browns start training camp July 31.

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is reviewing the matter for possible disciplinary action. Stallworth could face suspension without pay for some games this year.

    The Browns released a statement Tuesday evening, saying “The Browns are very conscious of the seriousness of the charges to which Donte’ Stallworth plead guilty to today. We are continuing to evaluate the situation and will make the decisions that we believe are in the best interest of the Cleveland Browns.”

    Stallworth must also undergo drug and alcohol testing, will have a lifetime driver’s license suspension and must perform 1,000 hours of community service. Lyons said after five years, Stallworth could win approval for limited driving for reasons such as employment.

    Lyons noted that Stallworth stopped immediately after the accident, called 911 and submitted to roadside alcohol testing despite spending most of the night drinking at a Miami Beach hotel.

    “He acted like a man,” Lyons said. “He remained at the scene. He cooperated fully.”

    Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle cited Stallworth’s lack of previous criminal record, cooperation with police and willingness to accept responsibility as factors in the plea deal. Rundle also said the Reyes family — particularly the victim’s 15-year-old daughter — wanted the case resolved to avoid any more pain.

    “For all of these reasons, a just resolution of this case has been reached,” Rundle said.

    None of the Reyes family attended the hearing. Their attorney, Rodolfo Suarez, read a statement saying the family wants to “bring closure to this emotional and tragic event.” Suarez was not immediately available to comment after the hearing.

    After Stallworth spent the night drinking at a bar in Miami Beach’s Fountainebleau hotel, police said he hit Reyes, a construction crane operator who was rushing to catch a bus after finishing his shift at about 7:15 a.m.

    Stallworth told police he flashed his lights in an attempt to warn Reyes, who was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

    Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126 after the crash, well above Florida’s .08 limit. Stallworth stopped after the crash and immediately told officers he had hit Reyes. Police estimated Stallworth was driving about 50 mph in a 40 mph zone.

    Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns before last season but was injured much of the year. The California native and University of Tennessee college star also has played in the NFL for the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints.

    The night before the crash, Stallworth earned a $4.5 million roster bonus from the Browns.

    David Cornwell, a Stallworth attorney handling the NFL situation, said he has kept top league officials apprised of the case.

    “Whenever it is appropriate to do so, we are prepared to discuss the circumstances under which Donte’ will resume his career,” Cornwell said.”

  29. 29 Stevo Jun 17th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    OMG, poor Billy, poor Billy, poor Billy.

    I wonder what would happen if I got drunk, got into my truck, drove down the road, passed three cars, and hit & killed a guy on a moped three yes ago????

    Oh I know, my ass would be in jail right now for a long time.

    I am a Billy Lane fan, but come on, justice is justice. And his judgement should fit the crime. That’s nothing against Billy, I thought the day of the showing grace to people with money was over. Just give Billy what is fair and what the law requires.

  30. 30 Scott Jun 23rd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I am sure the family has forgiven him. He probably setteled out of court for some high dollar amount paid by his insurance company. Money buys alot, including forgiveness.

  31. 31 Accident Attorneys Jul 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Guilty Proven So is what happening to him is right.

  32. 32 dan from pa Jul 11th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Billy made a mistake. I know he feels incredibly bad for this mistake. But, he was and still is a good guy. I hope he and the Morelocks find peace in their lives. I hope Billy finds a way to make these events into a positive. He is a talented bike builder and a good person. He has never denied what he did was wrong. Good luck brother.

  33. 33 Dingo Dave Jul 14th, 2009 at 9:13 am


  34. 34 rjl1aero Jul 14th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    It’s quite ironic and probably an even bigger blow that Billy was involved with another cyclist.

    But lets face it. Billy will NEVER recover from this. Even if he’s out in 30 days.

    He’ll walk around his entire life and everybody will always look at him as the guy who killed another motorcyclist in a DUI accident. His career is over and so is his legend as an upcoming bike builder.

    That my friend is torture and punishment that will never stop.

    He wen’t from being a motorcycle god and chick magnet to a guy that can’t even pick up a gallon of milk w/o wonder what people are saying about him.

    It’s easier if you’re just a regular guy. But it you’re all over TV and millions of people know your name – there’s no way out of that. It’s hell on earth and will be until his time comes as well.

  35. 35 Materialman Aug 7th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Maybe this Friday the Moorelock family will finally get some justice….maybe

  36. 36 Catlin Aug 9th, 2009 at 4:45 am

    He should go to prison like everyone else would that didn’t have the big bucks to PAYOFF family… let his ass sit in PRISON.. put the so called legends where they need to be.. he is NO BETTER than the average joe.. just makes more money to payoff and get better lawyers.. I hope he goes to prison.. but I doubt it.. look at his girlfriends myspace.. yea, her and billy have stopped partying… HA… he will never quit drinking and if you think otherwise.. fools ..

  37. 37 Ray L Aug 11th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    My goodness, what a bunch of judgmental hating little beeotches we have on here. Billy made a huge mistake that day. Yes he chose to drink and he was impaired right? Ok then, what is the first thing that happens when you are intoxicated? Lack of judgment perhaps? Wow!!! What a revelation…… So, how many true beer drinking asskicking TRUE bikers do we have on here? I hope the answer is, not many. Ok…..how many cpa’s, attorneys,secretaries,nurses doctors,cops, or plumbers for that matter do we have on here who could give a crap about motercycles in general but go to their friday after work “happy hour” for a few tata’s? Ahhhhhhh, I bet that is most of you. Well take a good look at your home,fancy cars,toys, and your career. Because maybe your next. And don’t think for one minute it can’t and won’t happen to you. Guys, all it takes is a lapse of judgment or simply your to drunk to realize what the consequenses to your actions will be. Cut Billy a break, this guy truly is a great human being (yes i do know him personnaly for many years)that has done more for veterans and for kids in general than most people in his industry or otherwise. HE MADE A MISTAKE as many of do. Except, Billy lives with the pain of killing another human being for the rest of his life. Some of you make it sound like he doesn’t give a crap about what happened and has no remorse. If you think that, man you are so so wrong. He is living in a hell that I would not wish on anyone. But may God bless you all and keep a watchful eye on you the next time you are at your happy hour or at cocktails at the bosses house.

  38. 38 Materialman Aug 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Ray I am not seeing “hate” here. I think people just want the law applied fairly to “all”. Not a different set of standards for the so called ” rich and famous”. I think we all got a belly full of that with O.J. You are right, Billy made a “huge” mistake, and it cost a man his life. On the 14th we will see if the penalty fits the crime. You mention “this can happen to anyone”, and that’s true, but everyone needs to remember, “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime”.

  39. 39 Great Dane Aug 15th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    This coin defiantly has two sides.

    We have all seen bikers killed and judges letting the “killer” off with a slap on the wrist and been mad as hell about it. It happens everyday.
    Judges seem to have it in the back of their minds, ‘if he wasn’t riding a motorcycle he wouldn’t have died’ and/ or their before the grace of God go I.
    EVERYONE has been or will be in an accident at least once in their life.
    Two years ago I pulled my car out in front of a another car doing 60mph, Both cars were totaled. I was knocked unconscious and broke out 2 teeth.
    The guy I pulled out in front of? His airbag deployed and he walked away without a scratch.
    Had he been on a motorcycle, I would have killed him.

    A four term governor of South Dakota and a member of the US House of Representatives who ran a stop sign and killed motorcyclist, got 100 days.
    A Kentucky Legislator killed a biker, got out of his car to look at him, got back in his car and left the scene of a fatal accident. Witnesses ID’d him.
    The KY state police didn’t even go to his house until he had 6 hours to sober up. The man never served a day in jail. Never lost his seat.
    He did have a Highway named after HIM, after he passes away.

    We Motorcyclist have long fought for Justus. After all, if some one killed a child walking down the street. they would get 1 to 3 years.


    Being a bike builder with long hair people assume the worst. He did not have a history of DUI’s or of drug use. He DID have two collage degrees.
    Billy Lane did not pull a gun and shoot someone in a deal gone bad.
    The 7000# Dodge truck we was driving hit a 600# Yamaha and killed the rider.
    Every time it is cage vs. bike the bike comes up short and it cost the Insurance industry a lot of money.
    That is why Insurance industry has been trying to get motorcycles off the road for the past 30 years.

    Billy Lane got six years for an accident.
    Billy Lane got six years because he is Billy Lane.

    That’s not justice.

  40. 40 Materialman Aug 16th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I say it was justice. Billy was impared way beyond the legal limit, speeding, and made an improper pass and took a man’s life. Billy himself has said he takes responsiblity for his actions and is ready to serve the time. If it was your brother or son Great Dane, I suspect you might want him to serve time for taking his life. I believe if you choose to get behind the wheel while you are drunk and kill someone, there is punishment due. I’m sure the family’s of the other victims you mentioned were outraged, as I would be. I’m glad the Moorelock family doesn’t have to feel their outrage. Billy’s time in prison will not bring their loved one back, but it’s maybe some justice.

  41. 41 Stacey Aug 17th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Billy has to live with this for the rest of his life, and believe me he is living the hell everyday! He is a wonderful person and is not what you all think he is the public man is not him, the private man is who you don’t know and are judging and that man is so different from his public image. He is remorseful and is sorry for what he did that night. But lets all remember we are not without faults and we all have done things we should not have done……

  42. 42 Materialman Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Stacey, I believe you are telling the truth about Billy. And yes, I have no doubt living with what happened is not anything I would want to deal with everyday. We certainly have all done things we should not have done, and some of the “mistakes” we can fix, some we cannot. This is obviously one he cannot. I hope he uses this time in prison to reflect, figure out what to do with the rest of his life, and make the necessary changes so that another family, or Billy, does not have to feel this kind of pain again due to his actions.

  43. 43 Stacey Aug 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Hopefully there will be people who will learn from his mistake and never get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, but lets face it, it will happen time and time again! He has started a new life with his new wife and hopefully he will continue to help others like I know he has. And I hope he will finally be able to sit back in jail and take a deep breath and know that this is over and he is able to sleep for the first time in 3 years. I know a totally different man, a funny and sweet hearted man, who wouldn’t hurt anyone!! I hope he can see the light now that the wrong he has done is now righted. Everyone should pay for their mistakes and he is now…….

  44. 44 Jeff N from NY Apr 28th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I am in Florida for a short vacation. I went to melbourne and drove by Billy’s old shop. It was so sad to see where a Bike Building legend use to fabricate such great machines is now closed and abandoned. I hope to see Billy back building after his time served. The industry needs a great builder like Billy!!! Hope to see you out soon Billy!!!

  45. 45 Big Al Feb 27th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    How is it that Stallworth gets 30 days and OJ gets away with murder but Billy gets 6 years?I wonder sometimes how screwed up the systems is when it comes to the Biker Community. I relly don’t want to hear anymore of how bad it is for the blacks. Good luck Billy

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