Aryan Circle enforcer sentenced to life in prison for “putting in work”

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A violent enforcer for the Aryan Circle white supremacy prison gang was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison. 39-year-old Jesse Paul “JP” Blankenship had been convicted at trial on November 16, 2021, of racketeering conspiracy, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering. 

Aryan Circle is a race-based prison gang with hundreds of members operating throughout the country, both inside and outside of prisons. The gang enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects, and associates through threats, intimidation, assaults, and murder.

“Put in work”

Blankenship was one of the group’s enforcers who made sure folks stayed in line. Between 2010 and 2021, Blankenship “put in work” by committing violence on behalf of the gang. This included shooting at two victims inside their home and participating in a kidnapping and removal of another member’s patch, or gang tattoo, by burning it from the victim’s skin using a metal rod heated with a blowtorch.

After committing these crimes, Blankenship moved up in rank in Aryan Circle and has since allegedly ordered additional acts of violence as one of the gang’s leaders.

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