Alaska neo-Nazi gang members sentenced to life in prison

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EITHEROn Thursday, five members of a white supremacist gang in Alaska were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on a range of charges, including racketeering, racketeering murder and kidnapping.

According to the Department of Justice, Timothy Lobdell, 46, who legally changed his name to “Filthy Fuhrer” (Lobdell); Roy Naughton, aka Thumper, 46; Glen Baldwin, aka Glen Dog, 41; Colter O’Dell, 30; and Craig King, aka Oakie, 57, were convicted in the trial of extortion conspiracy, kidnapping resulting in death and kidnapping conspiracy.

But the charges didn’t stop there.

Baldwin, O’Dell and King were also convicted of murder in aid of organized crime, and Lobdell and Naughton each received two additional counts of kidnapping conspiracy, kidnapping and assault in aid of organized crime.

Court documents that were produced at trial show the defendants were leaders, members and associates of a prison-based neo-Nazi gang called 1488.

The gang, which operated in and out of Alaska state prisons, was founded and led by Lobdell from inside a maximum-security state prison, where he was serving a 19-year sentence for the attempted murder of an Alaska state trooper.

The gang enforced discipline through written rules and a code of conduct, including boasting that “the only currency we recognize is violence and unquestioning loyalty.”

According to the Justice Department, while in prison, Lobdell ordered gang members to commit kidnappings and violent assaults in the “free world” outside of prison. As part of a plan to impose greater organization and structure among the non-incarcerated members, Lobdell insisted on punishing members he considered to be in defiance of the 1488 code of conduct, which he believed diminished the power, influence, and reputation of the gang.

Lobdell dispatched a trusted lieutenant with a list of directives, culminating in the kidnapping and assault of two lower-level gang members on April 2, 2017 and July 20, 2017, and the kidnapping, assault, and murder of 1488 Michael Staton Aug Jan 3, 2017. Court documents show that Naughton and other members, with Lobdell’s permission, lured Staton to Wasilla, Alaska, where they beat him and drove him to King’s duplex.

Upon arrival, Staton was taken to an empty room, which had been lined with plastic sheeting. Inside the room, King and the 1488s beat and tortured the victim, including cutting out the 1488 tattoo with a knife that had been heated with a propane torch. The co-conspirators then wrapped Staton in plastic and rugs, and Baldwin and O’Dell took him to a remote section of Wasilla, where he was shot and set on fire.

All of the men will now spend the rest of their lives in prison without the possibility of parole.


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