Nevada Racist Prison Gang Members Convicted

  • July 14, 2009


Following a seven week trial, a federal jury in Las Vegas has convicted five members of the Aryan Warriors racist prison gang of drug and racketeering violations.

On July 6, 2009, the jury convicted James "Gargoyle" Wallis, 48, Robert Young, 31, Kenneth Russell "Yum Yum" Krum, 49, and Charles Gensemer, 45, of racketeering conspiracy charges, which included numerous acts of murder, attempted murder, extortion, operating an illegal gambling business, identity theft and fraud and drug trafficking. 

Wallis, a leader, or "Horn Holder" in the gang, was also convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon for stabbing a fellow Aryan Warrior member inside the North Las Vegas Detention Center. He is already serving a 66-year sentence.

Gensemer, Krum and the fifth defendant, Michael Wayne "Big Mike" Yost, 55, were convicted of drug conspiracy charges; in Yost's case, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Gensemer was additionally convicted of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.

The government presented evidence that, despite being out of prison since the early 1990s, Gensemer helped the Aryan Warriors by running one of the largest methamphetamine labs ever found in Nevada, from which was seized over 33,000 pseudoephedrine pills.  Gensemer's attorney had tried to argue that he had not been associated with the gang since his release, but federal agents found an Aryan Warriors flag hanging inside his home.

The men were originally indicted along with nine other Aryan Warrioer members in July 2007.  The federal investigation began in 2004, with assistance of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from across Nevada.  Of the 14 defendants originally charged in the case, seven have pleaded guilty, and one, Ronald "Joey" Sellers, another purported "Horn Holder," is still awaiting trial.

The Aryan Warriors have been involved with violence and drug trafficking in Nevada for many years.  The government contends that the gang members recruited women and prison guards to work with released gang members as part of their "street program" to manufacture drugs and smuggle them in to inmates, and also regularly extorted money from inmates' families by threatening inmates with violence if their families on the outside did not provide it.