Death Penalty for California White Supremacist Gang Member

  • July 10, 2008

A jury in Orange County sentenced Michael Lamb, 33, a member of the violent white supremacist gang Public Enemy Number One (PEN1) to death on June 11, 2008, for the murder of a fellow PEN1 member. 

Lamb, and co-defendant and fellow PEN1 member Jacob Anthony Rump were convicted on July 10 of murdering Scott Miller, a founding member of the gang, after Miller appeared on a local television news program to speak about the group. 

Lamb was eligible for the death penalty because it was determined that he was the actual triggerman.  An Orange County Superior Court Judge sentenced Rump to life in prison without the possibility of parole on October 5, 2007, for his role in the murder.

In addition to the murder convictions, Rump and Lamb were also convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, committing a murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang, attempted murder of a police officer, street terrorism, and firearms possession charges, all stemming from the March 8, 2002, killing of Miller, who was found dead in an alley with a bullet wound in the back of his head. 

A third man, Billy Joe Johnson, 45, will stand trial next year for his alleged involvement in the murder.  During Lamb and Rump's six-week trial the defense called Johnson, a former PENI member, to the stand to testify that he, not the defendants, was responsible for killing Miller. Johnson is currently serving 45 years to life in prison for beating a man to death with a hammer in Huntington Beach in 2004.

Johnson claimed that he shot Miller, and that Lamb and Rump were not involved, although he claimed that he did give Lamb the gun the next day. Johnson is now facing murder charges due to this testimony.

Updated

On August 22, 2008, a Superior Court Judge in Orange County affirmed the jury recommendation and sentenced Michael Lamb, 34, to death for murder.

Lamb and co-defendant Jacob Anthony Rump, both members of the violent white supremacist gang Public Enemy Number One (PEN1), were found guilty on July 10, 2007, of murdering a founding member of the gang, Scott Miller, as retaliation for Miller discussing the gang in a television interview in March 2002.

Lamb was eligible for the death penalty both because the jury determined that he was the actual triggerman in the incident, and because Miller was murdered for the benefit of the gang.

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