Alleged gang enforcer wants to plead no contest

INDIANAPOLIS - The alleged enforcer of what prosecutors call a violent, drug-dealing motorcycle gang says he wants to enter a rare plea of no contest to one of the toughest charges against him to help staunch the federal court system's financial bleeding from massive automatic spending cuts.

Joshua N. Bowser made the unusual request in documents filed this week in federal court in Indianapolis. Bowser was the first person named in an indictment unsealed last year that led to the eventual arrest of 51 people.

Investigators said the gang routinely used violence as part of its business.

Federal prosecutors say in court papers that allowing no contest pleas for Bowser and other gang members would help them avoid tougher penalties and undermine efforts to punish them as an organization.

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