Aryan Brotherhood Leader Caught and Sentenced to 50-Year Prison Term

James Lemarc "Byrdman" Byrd, 45, is a high-ranking Aryan brotherhood leader who was sentenced to 50 years in a Texas state prison. He will spend 23 hours of every day in solitary confinement.

He has an image of Adolf Hitler tatooed on his back, as well as a swastika on his stomach. He was already in federal prison for a rash of brutal crimes including slashing a man in the face 37 times and force-feeding another victim a piece of bread soaked in his own blood. This comes amidst a years-long federal initiative to limit the power of the white-supremacists gang.

The ABT has lost 73 members to prison since 2009 over murder, drugs, extortion, robbery and identity theft due in part to the prosecutors in Tarrant County and elsewhere. The gang was established in the early 1980s within the Texas prison system to promote the protection of white inmates. It then grew to include illegal activities for profit.

In August, a Tarrant county jury found Byrd guilty of directing the activities of a street gang. Prosectors say Byrd ordered the kidnapping of Lovick Stikeleather. He then assaulted him with a gun, stabbed him in the shoulders and ordered him to pay a $1,000 penalty for disrespecting him.

Tarrant County prosecutor, Joshua Ross, said, "He was a true believer. His dedication bordered on theology." Prosecutors also said that Byrd was the leader of a meth-dealing ring in North Texas.

Earlier this year, another ABT member was given a 60-year sentence for murdering a man he thought was faking his membership within the brotherhood. Staten "Monster" Corbett, 48, was sentenced for murdering Earnest Lackey and tampering with his corpse.

Photo: NY Daily News

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