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Violent leader of Aryan Brotherhood prison gang dies in Colorado supermax facility

August 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Violent leader of Aryan Brotherhood prison gang dies in Colorado supermax facility

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Barry Byron Mills, the violent head of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang died in a Colorado federal prison, where he spent a majority of his life.

Mills, who is better known as “Baron,” was discovered dead early last month in his single-person cell at Florence, Colorado’s supermax prison, the Mercury News reported. He was 70-years-old at the time of his death and had been serving multiple life terms.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Barry Byron Mills became a member of the Aryan Brotherhood while serving time at San Quentin prison back in the ’70s.

He later became a high-ranking leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, aggressively recruiting across California. His influence on the gang stretched across the country but was strongest in Northern California, where many of its highest-ranking members originate from.

Barry Byron Mills (pictured Right)

“There’s no doubt of his influence in the Bay Area. It’s not debatable,” according to retired prison warden Robert Hood. “I’m not trying to glorify him, but I can tell you: He had the admiration of a lot of inmates, but was feared.”

Mills was known for carrying out horrific, violent murders — including a savage attempted decapitation while in a federal lockup in Georgia.

Using runners, Mills issued orders from coast to coast, resulting in a race war between prison gangs and an infamous protection arrangement with infamous mob boss John Gotti.

Mills first garnered the attention of law enforcement officials by planning and ordering a bank robbery in California from his cell.

Police said the man’s death does not seem suspicious.

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