Aryan Brotherhood member admits to murdering for gang, gets life in prison

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of the Aryan Brotherhood gang pleaded guilty to murder and racketeering charges last week. 49-year-old Brant Daniel (photo above), of Sacramento, was caught up in a long-running investigation into the California Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, and was sentenced to life in federal prison.

Between 2011 and 2016, Aryan Brotherhood (AB) members and associates engaged in various violent crimes. AB members allegedly oversaw a significant heroin and methamphetamine trafficking operation from their California prison cells using smuggled cellphones to direct drug trafficking activities, order murders, and oversee other criminal activities inside and outside of the prisons.

As part of his guilty plea, Daniel admitted that he murdered an inmate at Salinas Valley Prison on Oct. 29, 2016, as part of an AB-related killing. In particular, Daniel admitted that he committed the murder because the victim failed to carry out a hit assigned by an AB member and then lost valuable drugs belonging to Daniel and, by extension, the AB. In his plea, Daniel admitted that he willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation, murdered the victim in order to maintain his status within the AB.

“The Aryan Brotherhood hides behind prison walls while they direct criminal activities and brutal crimes of violence. In this case, Brant Daniel murdered an individual in cold blood to maintain his status and prove allegiance to the prison gang,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian Clark. “We will relentlessly pursue and prosecute those who commit such heinous acts from behind bars and beyond.”

Five remaining defendants—Ronald Yandell, Billy Sylvester, Danny Troxell, Pat Brady, and Jason Corbett—are scheduled for trial in February 2024.

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