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United States of America v. Ricky Fackrell and Christopher Cramer
Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas
Case Number: 1:16-cr-00026-MAC-ZJH
Judge: Marcia Crone
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Jefferson County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: John Craft, Joseph R. Batte and Sonia V. Jimenez
Defendant's Attorney: Douglas Milton Barlow and George Patrick Black - FPD for Christopher Emory Cramer
Gerald Ellis Bourque, Robert A Morrow, III and Amy Dianne Martin for Ricky Allen Fackrell
Description: Beaumont, TX - White Supremacists Sentenced to Death for Murdering Fellow Inmate at Texas Prison
Two federal inmates convicted of killing another inmate at a Beaumont Prison in the Eastern District of Texas were sentenced to death on June 13, 2018.
Ricky Fackrell, 34, of Vernal, Utah, and Christopher Cramer, 36, of Ogden, Utah, were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 3, 2016 and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They were both convicted by a federal jury of murder in the first degree on May 9, following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. On Une 13, 2018, after about eight hours of deliberation, the jury in Beaumont sentenced both Fackrell and Cramer to death. Judge Crone immediately sentenced the defendants accordingly.
“White supremacists subscribe to a repugnant, hateful ideology and use it to justify criminal activity,” Attorney General Sessions said. “The murder committed in this case was an act of senseless, barbaric violence. Now that the jury has spoken, justice will be done. I want to thank our fabulous prosecutors John Craft, Joseph Batte, and Sonia Jimenez for their hard work. With their help, this Department will continue to prosecute violent criminals with the aggressiveness and relentlessness necessary in cases like these.”
“These defendants had a violent history, and when the murder happens in a prison, it is clear that the defendants are always going to be a danger,” said U.S. Attorney Brown. “This was an appropriate case for the death penalty and we will continue to seek that punishment in the worst cases.”
According to information presented in court, beginning in March 2014, Cramer and Fackrell, inmates of the U.S. Penitentiary in Beaumont, Texas, conspired to murder fellow inmate, Leo Johns. On June 9, 2014, Cramer and Fackrell stabbed Leo Johns to death at the federal prison. All three inmates were members of the white supremacy group, Soldiers of the Aryan Culture.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Services.
Outcome: Defendants were both sentenced to death.
Comments: Editor's comment: As an attorney, a citizen and a human, I believe that the death penalty is bad public policy and, as a result, I am against the death penalty.