A D'Iberville man is among two members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi to be convicted of murder and racketeering charges in federal court in Oxford.
Frank George "State Raised" Owens Jr., 45, of D'Iberville, and Eric Glenn Parker, 35, of Richton, face life in prison for a killing they ordered as part of organized criminal activity.
A jury convicted both of murder and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act on April 13 in a federal trial in Oxford.
The jury also found Owens guilty of kidnapping and attempted murder.
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Parker also was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth.
The convictions were part of a 2 1/2-year investigation of the ABM, known as a "whites only" prison gang, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
They were among 17 indicted in the Northern District of Mississippi and among a total of 42 prosecuted.
Owens was a "spoke" or general in the gang and Parker was a captain, the indictment said.
They gave orders to other gang members to hurt those who violated gang rules or posed a threat.
In 2010, Owens ordered a "KOS," kill on sight, for Michael Hudson, a lower-level gang member who they said had failed to pay a debt to Parker, the indictment said.
Owens and others lured Hudson to a house under the pretense of a plan to manufacture meth. Hudson was bound, kidnapped and assaulted. Owens and Parker burned Hudson's body and his bloody clothes and items used in the killing, and left his body somewhere in South Mississippi.
The indictment described other incidents involving orders to hurt or maim others and drug-trafficking activity.
The jury's verdict "sends a resounding message to this once seemingly impenetrable foe that if you attempt to operate a violent drug-trafficking criminal enterprise here in the state of Mississippi, you can and will be 'branded' with a guilty verdict for your crimes," Daniel Comeaux said in a press release.
Comeaux is special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New Orleans Field Office. He also is a former agent in charge of the DEA's Gulfport district.
Just like recent Aryan Brotherhood prosecutions in Texas and Oklahoma, federal agents "have taken great strides in dismantling a violent gang with a dangerous and repulsive philosophy" in Mississippi, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said.
Assisting in the prosecution were the FBI, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives.