Oklahoma White Supremacist Sentenced in Officer Slaying

  • April 21, 2006

A member of the Aryan Brotherhood has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma four years ago.

A Tulsa jury sentenced James Craig Taylor, 39, in March 2006 in connection with the October 2001 death of Pawnee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Woodrell, Jr. The jury also found Taylor guilty of a firearm violation 

Taylor and his co-defendant, Justin Lee Walker, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in April 2006, killed Woodrell when he caught them trying to steal items from the oil company in Cleveland, according to prosecutors.  It is unclear if Walker is also a white supremacist. 

Woodrell was killed hours after he and his wife celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary.

Taylor, convicted of second-degree felony murder, has tattoos of swastikas, Nazi soldiers, skulls and the phrases “White Power” and “Ladies Love Outlaws.”  The Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, founded in the mid 1960s in California, has built its reputation on violence and intimidation. 

A series of trials against the Aryan Brotherhood prison leadership are currently taking place in three federal courtrooms in Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California.