NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York man characterized as a leader of the Pagans motorcycle gang was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Thursday for gun possession.

The U.S. attorney's office in Newark described Keith Richter, 62, as national president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club.

According to a criminal complaint, Richter traveled from his home on Long Island to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in February to attend a party. Acting on information that Richter was in possession of a firearm, law enforcement pulled over the car in East Windsor, New Jersey, as he was returning and discovered a loaded Ruger handgun in the car.

Richter pleaded guilty in July to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He had previously been convicted of racketeering-related offenses in New York in the late 1990s and was released from prison in 2012.

In addition to his prison sentence, he was sentenced to three years' supervised release.

An attorney representing Richter declined comment Thursday.

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