Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang member pleads guilty to federal racketeering charges

Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang member pleads guilty to federal racketeering charges

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

HOUSTON -- A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang pleaded guilty on Monday to racketeering charges related to his membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise.

Benjamin Troy Johnson, aka “South,” 42, of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake to one count of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.

According to court documents, Johnson and other ABT gang members and associates agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the ABT gang. Johnson and numerous ABT gang members met on a regular basis at various locations throughout Texas to report on gang-related business, collect dues, commit disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members and discuss acts of violence against rival gang members, among other things.

Judge Lake has set sentencing for January 30, 2014, at which time Johnson faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Johnson is one of 36 defendants charged with, among other things, conducting racketeering activity through the ABT criminal enterprise. He was the 13th defendant charged in the indictment to plead guilty.

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