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Billy Lane Sentenced to Six Years

Friday, August 14, 2009
Billy Lane cruised into the Dog House on one of his old school motorcycles and was greeted by famed photog Michael Lichter.
Billy Lane pulls up to the Dog House in Daytona back in March to participate in a fundraiser for soldiers. Lane received a six-year sentence today stemming from a vehicular homicide case that occurred in 2006.
The hammer fell on Billy Lane today, as the talented custom builder was sentenced by a Viera, Florida court to six years in prison followed by three years of probation. The sentence includes the loss of his driver’s license for life. Lane was in court for a vehicular homicide case stemming from an incident on September 4, 2006, which left Gerald Morelock dead. Despite impassioned pleas from family and a repentive speech from Lane, Circuit Judge Robert Burger passed down the six-year sentence.

It’s a case where there are no winners. There’s no way to fill the loss of the Morelock family. Lane has been working hard to make amends through charitable causes and has been using his status in the motorcycle industry as a positive so its sucks too that he can’t continue in that vein. But Lane talked about accountability, and the justice system held him true to his words.

I’ve met Lane on numerous occasions. Nice guy. Talented, but modest. But last time I saw him in Daytona at the Biker Fusion party (a fundraiser for Soldier’s Angels, where Lane donated a 1976 H-D Shovelhead to a two-tour Vietnam vet) he carried a sadness in his eyes. You can tell that the whole thing's eating him up. Maybe time served can bring closure. Maybe the Morelocks can find solace in today’s sentence. Like I said, nobody wins.
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Elizabeth October 19, 2012 11:04 AM
I had never heard of billy nor seen him until I believe Daytona 2002. I think it is terrible to take his license for life. I have lived nothing but tragedy and corruption my whole life I have always been a hell of a fighter. At the age of 31 I was the only survivor of family and relatives.It's a shame when a drunk driver in Carrollton Ky. can hit a school bus and kill all the children on it and only get 5 yrs. Billy already carries a life sentence he carries the memory. If you ask me the states are just as much at fault they legally sell the most addictive shit in the world ALCOHOL JUST SO THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN DAMN KILLING selling, fining and convicting tripling their money. The only thing the law does is set you up for failure. That is why they don't legalize marijuana because it doesn't kill and they can't make as much off of it.My brother was a lover of bikes and he was a damn good guy with a big heart when he died at 25 he was fighting another DUI he died before sentencing and I put his license under his pillow 2 weeks later the state sent a letter requesting them I wrote them back told them screw off dig him up. So seems to me they only made an example of Billy because of who he became so damn what he is still a man with remorse and a heart GOD has already forgiven him so should the world. Billy has a double sentence the memory and the loss of his great love riding bikes so people listen up stop throwing stones at him if you can't swallow your own damn boulder if you want to do something good stop the sale of alcohol give back the license to people. We should start a website and start a petition to overturn that part of the sentence. After all he is working with prison inmates and teaching the guys something great 6 yrs. and 3 probation is sufficient.
Dan -What Next? October 30, 2010 07:42 PM
Seems like it would be hard to build bikes you can never ride, except maybe at the track. His license was suspended for life (as it should be) so he can never legally drive again. Was reading a lot of stuff on this and the most shocking item, other than he killed someone, was at the hospital they had to forceably draw blood to see if he was drunk. Sure doesn't sound like he wanted to man up for his actions. While I hope Billy does his best to make for the life he took I also hope he never gets the joy of riding the open road again. I just don't think he deserves it.
www.steeltownchoppers.blogspot.com -www.steeltownchoppers.blogspot.com September 29, 2010 05:18 PM
How long he got left of his sentance? Does anyone know if he plans to formally reopen his shop properly? and will we see his bikes in magazines again? Hope people move passed all this and give the guy a break. Once he has served his time, let it be served and let him move on and forget if he can. Gaz Hayes
tim -the truth April 1, 2010 07:35 PM
the guy he hit was intoxicated at the time as well.
Sidge Strongburn -Billy, where's the garb? March 22, 2010 07:53 AM
The flicks of "the dude" standing in front of the judge in suit and tie, hair coifed and not a tat showing I see a fraud. Having in the DUI seat another time groveling for leinence as another man's family greives demonstrates the lack of real man that would be Billy. When the chips are down "the dude" shows his real colors, yellow. Stand up and take your punishment like a man or lawyer up. Fours years in the groveling and the photos of him in "straight" garb tell the story better than any dialog. "Sadness in his eyes" my sphincter!
Johnny Lee -Billy Lane November 22, 2009 05:01 PM
This is a sad situation for both families. Too bad Billy didn't learn from Indian Larry. He's doing his time and I believe he is a different man today. Hopefully he'll be back making choppers after he serves his time.
SHOWOFF -Shame October 2, 2009 01:52 AM
Its just a shame that a man is dead and that such a crazy talented man and artist taking away from what he does best. Its just ALL TO BAD TO SEE!
Gideon Soames -Wrong lawyer September 25, 2009 02:25 AM
Should of got Vince Neil of Motley Crue's lawyer
JerseyBorn -Fellow Biker September 24, 2009 10:43 AM
Keep a tight ass Brother.. Stay safe..
samantha -a lighter note September 14, 2009 03:33 PM
I saw Billy this Sunday while I was visiting my fiance and he looked good,the sadness was still in his eyes as I read someone had said,but what do you expect under the circumstance,right? As far as everyone who is talking about drunk driving, HE GOT CAUGHT and unfortunately took a life,but how many people do drive drunk and nothing happens and they continue to drive until something like this happens to them! I hope and pray he turns this around for the good to help someone else,he has the voice to do so!!
sean -billy lane September 6, 2009 07:33 AM
drink driving wrecks lives a grave lesson has been learned here
Guy -"Shut Up?" August 20, 2009 10:21 AM
For those people that don't wish me to be vocal, I'm sorry. But do you realize the same mentality that you are displaying now is the reasons why, in our society, we cannot pass any significant legislation to punish repeat drunken driving offenders? Possibly making people think twice before driving drunk? Especially in instances where a "professional" sports or personality "star" is involved. As for me being in his situation, I make a conscious decision to not drink and drive. And to those who think I "hate" Mr. Lane, I don't. I nothing him, and can only hope his life becomes the nothingness of the existence of the person he killed. No glory, no praise, just forgotten.
Hurb Flutcher -Billy Lane August 17, 2009 01:06 PM
Am with chris, The man is pulling his time,so get off his ass, The dude he killed was also drunk, It don,t make it right, but it can happen to anyone, and it could happen to you, If billy would of been a run off the mill biker it would of hardly made the news.
Good Luck Brother, and hurry back.
chris stanley -Screw all of you billy haters August 17, 2009 10:37 AM
To all the people that are against Billy Lane all I have to say to you is SHUT UP! Look at all of the prossional sports stars that get away with murder and the exact same offense. Billy has to live with his mistake for the rest of his life. May god be with him and hopefully we can see his kick ass builds again.
Guy -No sympathy... August 17, 2009 03:09 AM
"Saddness in his eyes?" How about the man he killed drunk? In his pickup truck. At least he gets to "see" his loved ones. Lock him up and throw away the key - repeat offender.
Gaz Hayes steeltownchoppers@googlemail.com -billy lane setenced to 6 years August 16, 2009 11:50 AM
What a shame. Good luck Billy. Hope Time passes quickly for you and the biker community has you back a.s.a.p.