Tuesday, May 30, 2023

White Supremacist Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering and Attempted Murder

 Marcus Millsap, a member of the white supremacist prison gang known as the "New Aryan Empire," has been sentenced to life in federal prison for his involvement in racketeering, attempted murder, and drug distribution. Millsap, 55, of Little Rock, was convicted of conspiracy to violate racketeering laws, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The indictment against Millsap was issued in September 2019, charging him with participating in the activities of the New Aryan Empire (NAE). The NAE, also known as the "to the dirt" gang, requires its members to remain affiliated until death. Millsap was found guilty of using the NAE as a corrupt organization to carry out various criminal activities, including drug distribution, solicitation of murder, and attempted murder.

During the trial, evidence was presented showing that Millsap had sold methamphetamine to an informant in 2014. Law enforcement discovered additional drugs in Millsap's vehicle during a traffic stop following the controlled purchase. While on an appeal bond related to the methamphetamine case, Millsap solicited NAE members to murder the informant for cooperating with law enforcement. In January 2016, other NAE members attempted to carry out the murder. Although the attempt failed, Millsap and his associates continued their efforts to arrange the informant's death, leading to his conviction for attempted murder in aid of racketeering.

"The United States will not tolerate the vile and outrageous crimes committed by members and associates of the New Aryan Empire or any other white supremacist group," stated Jonathan D. Ross, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Ross emphasized the government's determination to dismantle and disrupt violent criminal organizations that pose a threat to communities.

In addition to the life sentence, Millsap was ordered to pay a $200,000 fine and will be subject to 10 years of supervised release if ever released from prison. The investigation involved multiple agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; local law enforcement; and other federal agencies. Assistant United States Attorneys Liza Brown and Stephanie Mazzanti prosecuted the case.

This operation was part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) initiative, which employs a multi-agency approach to identify, disrupt, and dismantle high-level criminal organizations threatening the United States. The prosecution sends a strong message that the United States will relentlessly pursue significant prison sentences for individuals involved in violent criminal activities.

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