By Gangsters Inc. Editors
A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment on December 8 that adds four counts of murder in aid of racketeering against five Aryan Brotherhood members alleging that four murders were committed in furtherance of criminal acts perpetrated by the California Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang.
This latest indictment expands the original 2019 charges by adding four new murder in aid of racketeering counts against five defendants: Ronald Yandell, 58; William Sylvester, 53; Brant Daniel, 46; Pat Brady, 50; and Jason Corbett, 49.
“This superseding indictment strikes at the heart of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang with five defendants now facing murder charges that carry with them the possibility of the death penalty,” said U.S. Attorney Philip Talbert. “This white supremacist gang plagues our communities inside and outside prison and are responsible for some of the most brutal crimes committed within prison walls. We will continue to use every law enforcement tool to protect the communities impacted by this gang’s violence and criminal activities.”
According to court documents, between 2011 and 2016, Aryan Brotherhood (AB) members and associates engaged in racketeering activity, committing multiple acts involving murder and drug trafficking offenses. Yandell and Sylvester oversaw a significant heroin and methamphetamine trafficking operation from their shared cell.
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They used smuggled-in cellphones to direct their business from their prison cell to the streets of Sacramento and other California cities. Using the contraband cellphone, Yandell and Sylvester communicated with AB members and associates to direct drug trafficking activities, membership in the AB, order murders, and oversee other criminal activities.
Ordering assassinations in other prisons
The new charges allege that the five AB members murdered four other inmates as part of their gang activities and conspired to murder several others. The indictment charges that on October 7, 2011, Sylvester murdered an inmate at Folsom State Prison and, on August 12, 2015, Yandell ordered AB associates to carry out an order to murder a rival prison gang member at Folsom State Prison.
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In addition, the new indictment alleges that AB member Daniel killed an inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison on October 29, 2016, and AB members Corbett and Brady murdered an inmate on July 20, 2018, at High Desert State Prison as part of their role in the gang.
If convicted on the murder in aid of racketeering charges, each of the five defendants face a mandatory life sentence, or the possibility of the death penalty. The Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a later time.
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