Aryan Brotherhood Leaders Sentenced in California

  • September 22, 2006

On September 15, 2006, a federal judge in California sentenced two convicted leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang to life without parole, after jurors failed to reach a verdict on the proposed death penalty.

Chief Barry "The Baron" Mills, 57, and top lieutenant Tyler "The Hulk" Bingham, 59, were convicted in July of murder, racketeering and conspiracy. Mills was convicted of ordering the murders of a dozen people, six of which were carried out, and Bingham for ordering the murder of five people, two of which were carried out.

A series of trials against the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang are scheduled in three federal courtrooms in Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California, in the coming weeks.

During the trials, the courtrooms will be fortified with extra security, including an extra metal detector, plainclothes U.S. marshals and a specially constructed defendants' table. Aryan Brotherhood members have been involved in courtroom violence on a number of occasions, including a trial during which an inmate stabbed his attorney four times.

For more information about the Aryan Brotherhood, the nation's largest white supremacist prison gang, see Dangerous Convictions: an Introduction to Extremist Activities in Prisons.