BALLSTON SPA — Jack L. Jeffers, the motorcycle club member who pleaded guilty in the death of fellow biker Michael Ahern, was sentenced to prison for four to 12 years for manslaughter and nine years (plus five years of post-release supervision) for criminal possession of a weapon, to run concurrently, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen’s office said Tuesday.
Ahern, who lived at 16 Brickyard Road in the town of Stillwater, had not been seen there since Jan. 6, 2019. That address is the former clubhouse of the Rolling Pride Motorcycle Club where Jeffers, 25, also lived.
Police investigating the case determined that Ahern had not left the area but was likely the victim of foul play. He hadn’t used his cell phone since that Jan. 6 afternoon.
Prosecutors said on the following March 15, Jeffers was involved in a property damage accident in the town of Saratoga and drove from the scene. The car was stopped by Stillwater police, who found Jeffers with a loaded handgun. After months of investigation, it was determined that the gun had been used by Jeffers to kill Ahern.
Between Jan. 15, 2019 and Jan. 5, 2021, the Saratoga County Sheriffs Office, with assistance from the State Police, interviewed numerous witnesses and used search warrants, eventually determining that Jeffers and Ahern were alone together at Brickyard Road that Jan. 6 and that Jeffers killed Ahern, whose body was moved from the location, officials said.
Jeffers, of Voorheesville, who had been a private first class with the New York National Guard, pleaded guilty on Jan. 25. His criminal record includes a federal conviction for gun trafficking.
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The circumstances of Ahern’s death remain under investigation by the Sheriffs Office and State Police, Heggen’s office said Tuesday. Others may have been involved in some way, the Times Union has reported.
“We’re still working on a few things with the (human) remains,” Sheriff’s Capt. Jeffrey Brown said in January when asked if they had recovered Ahern’s remains. “I don’t want to get into too much. … There are some other people that could be involved.”