White supremacist gang leader and his members and associates convicted of racketeering and murder | Takeover bid

Five members and associates of a violent white supremacist gang, the 1488, were convicted today in Alaska by a federal jury of RICO conspiracy, murder for profit racketeering, kidnapping and assault.

Evidence presented at trial showed that the 1488s are a violent prison-based gang operating inside and outside of Alaska state prisons. The 1488s use Nazi-derived symbols to identify themselves and their gang affiliation, including a 1488 “patch” tattoo that depicts an iron cross superimposed on a swastika. The tattoo can only be worn by “fabricated” members who have generally become full members by committing acts of violence in the name of the gang. The gang has written rules and a code of conduct, including the creed that “the only currency we recognize is violence and unquestioned loyalty”.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Filthy Fuhrer, formerly known as Timothy Lobdell, 45, founded and led the 1488 gang from inside Alaska’s maximum security prison, where he is serving a sentence 19 for the attempted murder of an Alaska State Trooper. The Fuhrer ordered gang members to carry out violent kidnappings and assaults in the “free world” outside of prison. Trying to impose greater organization and structure with members not incarcerated, Fuhrer believed that some members were defying the 1488 code of conduct and diminishing the gang’s power and influence. Fuhrer sent a trusted lieutenant with a list of directives, these directives resulted in the kidnapping and assault of two low level gang members on April 2, 2017 and July 20, 2017, and the kidnapping, the assault and murder of Michael Staton. on August 3, 2017.

According to evidence presented at trial, 1488 members Roy Naughton, alias Thumper, 43; Glen Baldwin, aka Glen Dog, 40; and Colter O’Dell, 29, worked with Craig King, aka Oakie, 56, who was a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, to kidnap and murder one of the victims, who had previously robbed King and the 1488s. King lined a room of plastic, where he and the 1488 defendants beat and tortured the victim. Baldwin and O’Dell then took the victim into the woods, shot him and burned his body. O’Dell earned his member’s crest in the year 1488 by committing Staton’s murder.

“The guilty verdicts today are a blow to the highest levels of the 1488 gang,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners remain committed to combating and dismantling violent white supremacist gangs.”

“Violent gangs, especially those based on racial hatred, are a scourge on our society,” said U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska. “As this case shows, the crimes of organized prison gangs often reach beyond prison walls, bringing violence to our communities. Today’s sentencing is a major disruption to the functioning of the Prison 1488 gang and holds accountable those who order or commit brutal and heinous crimes. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify, investigate and prosecute violent gang crime wherever it occurs. There is no higher priority than keeping our communities and the citizens of Alaska safe. »

“Today’s verdict demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to investigating and dismantling violent gangs, regardless of where they operate and who leads them,” FBI Deputy Director Luis Quesada said. the Criminal Investigation Division. “Together with our federal, state, local and international partners, we will aggressively target and prosecute violent offenders. This verdict sends a clear signal to others who engage in gang violence that we will hold them accountable and bring them to justice.

“The inhumanity demonstrated by members of Criminal Enterprise 1488, including the kidnapping, torture and murder of Michael Staton, is a horrific example of why we must identify and dismantle violent criminal organizations. “said Special Agent in Charge Antony Jung of the FBI’s Anchorage Field Office. “The morally despicable extremist prison gang has been seriously undermined by the strong and effective and coordinated law enforcement and prosecution efforts deployed throughout this case. These beliefs will certainly make our community a safer place.

Fuhrer was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, racketeering murder, kidnapping causing death, three counts of kidnapping conspiracy, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of aggression in favor of racketeering. Naughton was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, racketeering murder, kidnapping resulting in death, three counts of kidnapping conspiracy, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of aggression in favor of racketeering. Baldwin, O’Dell, and King were convicted of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, racketeering murder, kidnapping causing death, and kidnapping conspiracy. The five defendants face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder.

The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Bureau of Investigation investigated the case in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska and the Organized Crime and Gangs Section ( OCGS) of the Criminal Division. Investigative assistance was provided by the IRS Criminal Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; United States Postal Inspection Service, United States Marshals Service, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, United States Police Department Anchorage (APD) and the Alaska State Department of Corrections.

Criminal Division OCGS Attorney Jeremy Franker and Assistant U.S. Attorneys William Taylor, James Klugman and Chris Schroeder are prosecuting the case.

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