Motorcycle gangs take center stage at murder trial

Shotgun Sid, Ghetto Rat and Frito testified Thursday in the double murder trial of Ryan Wyngarden about motorcycles, drugs and violence in the Holland area at the time of the killings of Rick and Gail Brink.
The Holland Sentinel
Mar 21, 2014

Wyngarden’s defense has said the couple could have been killed in a case of mistaken identity in November 1987. The prosecution says Wyngarden killed his sister and her husband out of jealously and to cover up an incestuous relationship.

Wyngarden, 52, faces two charges of first-degree premeditated murder. If found guilty, the Zeeland man will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Testimony in the trial’s eighth day was scheduled to begin this morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court in Grand Haven. The trial is set to run through next week.

Sydney Colby, also known as Shotgun Sid, lived in the house on Ransom Street in Park Township immediately before the victims Gail and Rick Brink bought the house and renovated it. He testified he ran drugs from Detroit to Holland for a motorcycle gang called the Highwaymen.

“I was a fairly notorious person, really,” he said in a raspy, rough voice that was often difficult for Judge Jon Hulsing to understand.

Colby had to repeat several statements throughout his hour and a half on the stand. He has had a heart attack and stroke, and lives in an assisted living center in Arizona.

Colby said he used drugs — “I used about everything they had,” he said — and took a portion of the drugs he smuggled to Holland as payment.

Colby not only ran drugs from Detroit for sale in West Michigan, but he also worked for federal agents to bust others who sold drugs.

Defense attorney David Hall asked Colby if he was an informant.

“Yeah,” Colby said. “Mainly about kids. It didn’t go further than that.” He explained he told authorities about people selling drugs at area high schools.

The defense said Colby’s role as an informant could have made him a target for a gang hit.

Colby told of several occasions when he was shot at. He was also hit in a drive-by shooting outside a bar in Holland. On at least two occasions, he had to use a gun on people who came onto the Ransom Street property.

“There were times I thought people were after me,” he said.

Colby couldn’t keep up the payments on the home, so it was sold to Rick and Gail Brink in 1987.

John Freeman, known as Frito, knew Colby and testified Colby made enemies because of his drug dealing.

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Wow! Can't wait for tomorrow's episode.


"Colby not only ran drugs from Detroit for sale in West Michigan, but he also worked for federal agents to bust others who sold drugs."

THE GUY HAS STATED HE WAS ALREADY A "RAT". What is his testimony really worth?
He lied to friends and others.

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