BATON ROUGE, La. – Eight alleged members or associates of a white supremacist prison gang called the Aryan Circle were indicted in Louisiana on federal charges in 2016, the killing of a fellow alleged member of the gang.
Court records unsealed on Tuesday show Jeremy Wade Jordan, 38, of Orange, Texas, pleaded guilty on March 2, the first of two counts in his indictment. The first count in his Dec. 14 indictment charged Jordan with “violent crimes in aid of racketeering” in the murder of Clifton certification in Evangeline Parish.
Jordan, which had remained under seal since December, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18.
A separate indictment, also unsealed Tuesday, against seven other people — residents of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma or Arkansas — with accessories after the fact to the death. The two-page indictment, hands up, last Thursday, says she’s helped Jordan “in order to hinder and prevent his apprehension, trial and punishment.”
All eight suspects are in custody, according to Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas.
KLFY-TV reported that Mark, a Shreveport resident, was shot and killed on July 1, 2016, during a quarrel on a Turkey Creek home. The indictment does not say whether the suspects were in or outside the prison as a Feature was killed.
Jordan’s 12-page indictment, which a grand jury handed over on Dec. 14, says he and others participated in Hallmark’s killing “for the purpose of obtaining access to and maintaining and increasing position in” the Aryan Circle. Jordan is also charged with illegal use of a firearm.
In January, the Ministry of Justice notified the court that it is not the aim of the death penalty in the case against Jordan, records show.
A public defender listed as a lawyer for Jordan not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.
Jordan’s indictment, no other details of the killing, but it gives more details about the structure and functioning of the “violent, race-based, ‘white’s only’ prison-based gang he allegedly belongs to.
The Aryan Circle was founded around 1985 in the Texas prison system, emerging during a period of internal unrest within the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the indictment says.
“The AC was relatively small in comparison with other prison-based gangs, but grew in respect and influence within Texas prisons in the 1990s, mainly due to the violent conflicts with other gangs, white and non-white alike,” adds.
Aryan Circle members are active in drug and arms trafficking, murders, robberies and kidnappings, and other crimes, the indictment says. The gang influence has recently been expanded to other rural and suburban areas in Texas and other states, including Louisiana and Missouri, and has branches in and outside the prison walls, it adds.
Members often have tattoos Nazi-style symbols such as swastikas and “SS” bolts. Members who violate gang rules or not following the leaders of the orders were faced with punishment ranging from fines and written violations of assault or death, Jordan’s indictment says.
“The membership of the AC for the life. There was no parting of the AC,” it said.
The seven people have been indicted on accessory charges: David Wayne “Big Dave” Williams, 36, of Sulphur, Louisiana; Christina Marie Williams, 38, of Sulphur; Brian Elliot “Secretly” Granger, 36, of Beaumont, Texas; Leland Edward Hamm, 43, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Richard Alan Smith, 47, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Michael Paul Auxilien, 34, of Mamou, Louisiana; and Stone Haynes, 49, of Beaumont, Texas.