Friday, May 19, 2006
Let's Talk About How Non-violent They Aren't
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May 19, 2006
Notorious Supremacist Arrested In Portland
This is a press release courtesy of the Department of Community Justice
PORTLAND, Ore. - Parole officers with the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice's specialized gang supervision unit arrested Kyle Brewster, age 37, Friday morning for alleged violations of his parole.
Parole officers obtained information that Brewster has been associating with members of the white supremacist gang Volksfront. By tracking the connections of gang members on social networking Web sites like MySpace.com, parole officers found evidence that Brewster had been in contact with Volksfront members.
Volksfront is a white supremacist group that has been associated with numerous crimes in the Northwest. In 2003, Volksfront members murdered a homeless man in Tacoma, Washington.
Brewster was taken into custody without incident during a routine visit to see his parole officer.
He is being detained at the Multnomah County Detention Center for violating parole conditions that prohibit him from being involved in gang activity.
Brewster was convicted of manslaughter in connection with the death of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw in Portland on November 13, 1988.
Brewster was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. He was released in November, 2002 and was scheduled to complete his parole in 2008. Brewster has no other convictions, but had several disciplinary actions while in prison.
Information provided by the Anti-Defamation League put parole officers on the trail of individuals who were ultimately linked to Brewster.
Agencies involved in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force also provided information that indicated that Brewster has been involved with white power gang members.
AND THEY REALLY DON'T BELIEVE IN VIOLENCE:
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Suspect pleads guilty in Fairmead murder case
Thursday, May 18, 2006
By Glenna Jarvis - Tribune Writer / Photographer
Moments after a jury was selected to hear evidence in a murder trial, the defendant plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to court reports.
Chowchilla resident Jimmy Dale Steele, 21, one of six charged with the murder of 39-year-old John Emery of Chowchilla Oct. 16, 2005, entered the plea in Madera Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.
Emery was beaten and stabbed to death, and his body left among a cluster of mobile homes near Road 18 3/4.
According to testimony, during the preliminary hearing, sheriff's Det. John Grayson said Emery had been stabbed several times in the torso. Grayson said four of the defendants said all six men were involved in the attack that left Emery dead, and that a baseball bat, bed post and knife were used to kill him.
Grayson said four of the defendants admitted they went to the mobile homes in search of marijuana they believed was kept in a nearby shed. The intended to steal the drug, he said.
Emery, who went to Fairmead to visit family, rode up on a bicycle, and was attacked.
District Attorney Ernie LiCalsi said the men demanded to know where the marijuana was, and Emery didn't know.
Sheriff John Anderson refered to Emery as "an innocent victim" who was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"We picked the jury, then he plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter," LiCalsi said. "He admitted one strike, which doubles the sentence, then he admitted one prior serious felony conviction, which adds five years."
LiCalsi said Steele will serve a maximum of 27 years in prison.
"I'm going to be arguing for every day of that," LiCalsi said, adding that the sentence will be up to the judge.
LiCalsi added that it is not uncommon for a defendant to get right up to the moment of trial and take a plea.
"Once you start in the trial process, defendants start looking at their potential exposure and decide to plead guilty," LiCalsi said. "That happens a lot."
LiCalsi originally offered a plea bargain of 15 to life, he said, which would have made Steele eligible for parole in about 12 years. With this arrangement, Steele will have to serve a minimum of 23 years before he is eligible for parole.
"In some ways, he may be doing more than if he accepted the first plea," LiCalsi said, and added that the final decision would be up to the parole board.
LiCalsi said the family and friends of the victim were very happy with the plea.
"Mr. Steele's confession was, he admitted to kicking the victim twice," LiCalsi said. "Given what I could prove he did, I was very happy with the agreement."
He added that next week, when Joseph Avery, 22, is scheduled for trial in the death of Emery, LiCalsi won't make an offer.
"I will only accept a plea to murder," LiCalsi said.
Jury selection for Avery's trial begins Tuesday.
The five adults are documented white supremacist "skinhead" gang members, Anderson said in a previous interview, and Ramirez is a known Sure'o criminal street gang member.
In addition to Steele and Avery, Chowchilla residents Brent Richard Forehand, 34, Timothy Edward Steele, 19, Michael Luis Avery, 23, and Oscar Ramirez, 17, all faces charges of murder.
Ramirez is being tried as an adult. LiCalsi intends to seek life without parole, he said in an earlier interview.
Steele, who was facing a possible sentence of life without parole, is expected to be sentenced June 29.
AND THESE GUYS WERE JUST FUNNIN' - THEY DIDN'T MEAN ANY HARM:
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Undercover Investigation of White Supremacist Gang Nets Nearly 40 Indictments
Indictments were returned last week ending a 14-month long undercover investigation charging nearly 40 individuals with weapons charges, participation in a criminal organization and sale or transportation of dangerous drugs.
The investigation was a joint effort by the Phoenix Police, Scottsdale Police, Glendale Police, ATF, U.S. Marshals, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. The organization was loosely referred to as the Todd Streich White Supremacy Organization because defendant Streich was the main player. Several of the defendants had tattoos reflecting Nazi and skinhead views, and espoused views that were aligned with white supremacy.
County Attorney Andrew Thomas said, "This is a hateful group with a dangerous criminal agenda. I'm grateful that law enforcement's cooperative efforts have enabled us to bring these charges and make the community safer."
The allegations in the indictment are that the organization would provide illicit items for sale as requested. Those who wanted guns to use against witnesses or law enforcement could place an order that could be filled in a matter of a few days if not hours. The organization also bought significant amounts of methamphetamines, which were broken down for resale in small amounts on the street. Undercover law enforcement agents taped a number of purchases including the sale of these explosive devices.
Evidence seized included white supremacist materials, 32 pipe bombs, two grenades, seven sawed-off weapons, illegal and stolen firearms and methamphetamines. One of the seized weapons included a stolen .50 caliber rifle. This rifle was reportedly represented to undercover agents as being powerful enough to shoot down a Phoenix Police helicopter or an armored car.
All defendants are facing mandatory time in prison. At least four could spend the rest of their life in prison. 13 defendants are also charged with involvement in a criminal syndicate.
More charges are expected to follow based on an additional investigation being conducted by the ATF.
Posted by Nikki at 5/19/2006 05:18:00 PM