TAMPA — June was not a good month for Kenneth DiFranco, 56, once known to law enforcement as the Florida "enforcer" for the Pagan's Motorcycle Club.
He wrecked his truck on U.S. 19 in Hudson on June 17. He told troopers people wanted to kill him. He was also believed to be driving drunk. And he was on federal probation after a decade in prison for crimes that included being a felon with a gun.
So it wasn't helpful when troopers at the crash scene found a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol and six rounds of ammunition poked into the Dodge Dakota's cup holder console.
He bought it in a bar that night, he said. He needed it for protection, he said. Someone had been shooting at him, he said.
He reasserted his Pagan's membership to jail officials June 21. They also noted his Pagan's Motorcycle Club belt buckle.
DiFranco, whose aliases include "Animal" (as a given name) and "Perez" (as a family name), was on the leading edge of America's tattoo craze, with more than 200 as of December 2000, even before the ink dried on a federal prison sentence that ended in January 2012.
This time, he predicted at a hospital that he would be going away for life because of the gun, a Pasco County deputy reported.
On Wednesday in Tampa, a federal grand jury got the ball rolling by indicting him again on a gun charge.
News researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Patty Ryan can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3382.