Colorado Racist Prison Gang Leader Sentenced to 112 Years

  • July 10, 2008


A U.S. district court judge in Denver, Colorado, sentenced a member of the 211 Crew racist prison gang to 112 years in prison.

The judge sentenced Danny Shea, 33, on June 22, 2008, following his April conviction on charges of conspiracy, assault, distribution of drugs, and witness tampering.  The judge added 16 years to the sentence for violating Colorado's Organized Crime Control Act.    

Shea was indicted three years ago for his role in planning an attack against a 211 Crew "prospect" at the Sterling Correctional Facility, where both men were incarcerated.

A four-year multi-agency investigation announced in January 2005 resulted in indictments against 32 members or associates of 211 Crew for numerous crimes, including attempted murder, assault, robbery, racketeering, bribery, witness tampering, and manufacturing and distributing drugs.

In December, 2007, another 211 Crew leader, Benjamin Davis, received a 108-year prison sentence for similar charges. 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.


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