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Members of The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Sentenced to Prison in Racketeering Conspiracy Case

November 16, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Seven Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang members from Houston and Dallas were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in the violent ABT enterprise, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.

Stephen Tobin Mullen, 45, of Dallas, was sentenced to 13 years and James Erik Sharron, 40, of Houston, was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake in the Southern District of Texas.

Larry Max Bryan, 52, of Houston, and Terry Ross Blake, 56, of Corpus Christi, both high-ranking leaders of the ABT, were sentenced to 300 months (25 years) and 180 months (15 years) in federal prison, respectively.

Jamie Grant Loveall, 38, of Houston; Kelly Ray Elley, 37, of Houston; and Ronald Lee Prince, 44, of Dallas, were also sentenced to respective terms of 390 months (32 Years), 270 months (22 years) and 120 months (10 years) in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, the seven defendants were admitted members of ABT, a powerful race-based,statewide organization that operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout Texas and the United States.

The members of the ABT agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the leadership.

The ABT was established in the early 1980s within the Texas prison system.  The gang modeled itself after and adopted many of the precepts and writings of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that was formed in the California prison system during the 1960s.

Previously, the ABT was primarily concerned with the protection of white inmates and white supremacy/separatism, but over time, the ABT has expanded its criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit.

In order to be considered for ABT membership, a person must be sponsored by another gang member.  Once sponsored, a prospective member must serve an unspecified term, during which he is referred to as a prospect, while his conduct is observed by the members of the ABT.

Law enforcement officials allege the ABT enforced its rules and promoted discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, arson, assault, robbery and threats against those who violated the rules or posed a threat to the enterprise.

ABT gang members met on a regular basis at various locations throughout Texas to report on gang-related business, collect dues, commit disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members and discuss acts of violence against rival gang members, among other things.

Members were required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, often referred to as “direct orders.”

The defendants sentenced this week are seven of 36 defendants convicted of conducting racketeering activity through the ABT criminal enterprise, among other charges.   

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