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Prison Gang Indictments

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Prosecutors have filed murder, assault and racketeering charges against a white supremacist prison gang called "Colorado's Aryan Brotherhood."

The indictments unsealed late Tuesday target 24 people inside and outside the prison system. All but two have been arrested.

Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter says prosecutors filed nearly 70 charges, which include witness tampering and drug counts.

Denver police detective Aaron Lopez says the gang, called the 2-11 Crew, has an estimated 300 members throughout the state's prisons.

Lopez says inmates were required to attack someone in order to join. If released from prison, they were required to send money to members still behind bars.

The money was most often raised through illegal weapons sales and drugs.

Lopez says the investigation began in 2003 after an assault in Denver.

The probe "exploded" when witnesses told Lopez about the 2-11 CrewHere is a list of members of the prison gang "2-11 Crew" indicted by a statewide grand jury for crimes including murder, racketeering, assault, witness intimidation and drug counts.

  • Justin Barkley, 26, in prison for assault from Denver.

  • Eric Barnard, 27, in prison for first-degree murder from Arapahoe County.

  • Alicia Ceja, 32, in prison for a parole violation after being sentenced for burglary, theft and drug counts from Denver, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties.

  • Benjamin Davis, 29, in prison for burglary from Denver.

  • Ralph Dickey, 29, in U.S. Marshal Service custody; serving prison sentence for Denver drug charges.

  • Jonathon Goodwin, 30, finished a six-year prison term in October for criminally negligent homicide and weapons counts from Boulder County.

  • Teddy Karr, 40, in prison for drug counts from Jefferson and Adams counties.

  • Christopher Malone, 29, in prison for drug, weapons, menacing and robbery counts from Arapahoe, Adams and Jefferson counties.

  • Henry Martillero, 46, in prison for forgery from Arapahoe and Gilpin counties.

  • Nicholas Pedigo, 22, in Denver jail, serving parole for escape and vandalism from Jefferson County.

  • Nadine Peed, 38, in prison for drug counts and escape from Adams and Jefferson counties.

  • Joshua Sperry, 28, released from prison in 2003 after being sentenced for motor vehicle theft and escape from Jefferson County.

  • Joel Rader, 34, in prison for menacing and assault from Mesa County.

  • Ed Rolen, 34, in prison for assault from El Paso County.

  • Danny Shea, 29, in prison for extortion and witness intimidation from Denver County.

  • Brad Simpson, 25, in prison for burglary from Adams County.

  • Steve Swainson, 26, at the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center for a parole violation on a drug and forgery sentence from Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson counties.

  • Zach Taylor, 25, in prison for forgery, motor vehicle theft and escape from Jefferson County.

  • Andrew Young, 26, released from prison in January 2004 after being sentenced for an unspecified crime from El Paso County.

    Information was not immediately available on five others named in the indictments: Darcy Rocke, 39; Tabitha King, 21; Justin Copeland, 25; Hillary Spencer, 21; and Sallie Swainson, 51.


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