(WHLT) — Authorities said a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi has been sentenced to life in prison on several charges.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division along with other officials said 36-year-old Eric Glenn Parker, of Forrest County, Mississippi, was sentenced on Dec. 16, 2016 .
In Apri, Parker was found guilty by a federal jury of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, murder and methamphetamine distribution.
“Even among criminal organizations, the ABM stands out for its violent and repulsive crimes,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “That is why we will continue to identify, apprehend and prosecute ABM members across the country until the communities that have been living in fear are free from ABM’s grasp.”
According to evidence presented at trial, ABM leaders ordered other gang members to lure someone to an ABM house so that they could murder him for an unpaid drug debt.
ABM gang members kidnapped the victim, beat him severely, and delivered him to Parker.
Officials with the Department of Justice said Parker, along with Frank George Owens Jr., his co-defendant at trial, beat the victim to death and delivered the body to a co-defendant, who burned the victim’s body for days in order to incinerate it.
In addition, Parker dealt methamphetamine on behalf of the ABM, which garnered him a leadership position in the gang.
We’re told that Friday’s sentencing marks the culmination of a two and a half year investigation into and prosecution of the ABM, which resulted in the conviction of 42 members and associates of the gang.
Owens, 44, of D’Iberville, Mississippi, was convicted along with Parker of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, murder and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of methamphetamine. On Nov. 2, 2016, Owens was sentenced to life in prison and 120 months for attempted murder. Authorities: Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi gang member sentenced to life