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Colorado Racist Prison Gang Leader Sentenced to 108 Years

Jurors in Denver district court sentenced Benjamin Davis, 32, the leader of the Colorado racist prison gang 211 Crew to 108 years in prison.

On December 11, 2007, Davis was sentenced to 96 years for violating Colorado's Organized Crime Control Act and an additional 12 years for assault, conspiracy, and solicitation to commit second-degree assault. He was convicted on September 24, 2007.

As the purported leader of the gang, Davis was convicted of operating a criminal enterprise from prison that sold drugs and ordered attacks on inmates and others outside prison.

Davis started the white supremacist gang, named after the California penal code for robbery, in the Denver County Jail in 1995 while serving a 30-year sentence for burglary.  211 Crew gang members were recruited in prison, but continued their criminal activities after their release.  They were expected to continue their gang allegiance by selling drugs and weapons on the streets to earn money for the gang.

The jury found Davis guilty of ordering a gang member to beat up an inmate at the Limon Correctional Facility.  The victim had allegedly refused an order to beat up another inmate in 1999 for testifying against a 211 member.

Davis's sentence was the culmination of a four-year multi-agency investigation that resulted in indictments against Davis and 31 other 211 Crew members or associates for a multitude of crimes, including attempted murder, assault, robbery, racketeering, bribery, witness tampering, and manufacturing and distributing drugs.

Two defendants are awaiting trial and one was acquitted. According to authorities, all of the other cases resulted in convictions or guilty pleas.

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