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After some early morning fog hampering driving this morning, look for partly cloudy skies moving in just before lunch. Highs today will again reach the low and mid 80's. Tonight will see lows again fall to the mid 60's. More of the same for the rest of the week, with highs in the low and mid 80's. We'll add in a 30% coverage of showers ...
TUNE IN TUESDAY: Lured, Corrupted, and Killed
LURED, CORRUPTED AND KILLED: Tune in Tuesday for an in-depth look at prison gangs, including white supremacy groups, and how they lure new recruits into their movement, corrupt them with their ideology, and often engage in violence that can lead to their deaths.
Anchor/investigative reporter Megan Dillard and Executive Producer Scott Lawrence spent two months investigating the groups. They sought to examine their influence in light of the large number of high-profile prosecutions of white supremacist group members by U.S. Attorney Malcolm Bales in recent months and years. A vast majority of the race-based gangs prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in this region are white supremacy groups.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recognizes what it calls 12 Security Threat Groups, including the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Aryan Circle. There are other race-based groups on the list, including the Bloods, Crips and Mexican Mafia. Violence is the common denominator in how each group operates, regardless of race, inside and outside prison.
Last month a judge sentenced two members of such a group, the SWS, to life in prison for the 2011 murder of James Lee Sedtal. Two others await sentencing. They are among 12 Southeast Texans who were indicted earlier this year on federal racketeering charges in connection with what the U.S. Attorney's Office called a "white's only" racketeering enterprise that engaged in drug distribution and murder.
Megan spoke with Sedtal's mother. Sedtal was murdered after his own gang turned on him. She also interviewed a former Aryan Circle gang recruiter who revealed information about gangs' roles in and out of prison that some may find surprising, disturbing, even shocking.
She spoke with the state prison system's top investigator into violent prison gangs for a revealing and frightening look at how they operate and the kinds of weapons they can create behind bars. Megan also interviewed the top federal prosecutor in Southeast Texas who is making it one of his priorities to go after the prison gangs, including white supremacist groups, in order to stop the violence.
TUNE IN: at 6 and 10 Tuesday on KFDM, at 6 Wednesday on KFDM and at 9 Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox 4.
*News releases from U.S. Attorney's Office focusing on prosecutions of what it calls "white's only groups."