Two members of Public Enemy Number 1(PENI), a large and violent white supremacist gang based in Southern California, were found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges related to their activities with the gang.
Michael Allen Lamb, 32, and Jacob Anthony Rump, 30, both of Huntington Beach, were convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and committing murder for the benefit of the gang.
The verdict came in on July 10, ten days after the Santa Ana jury began their deliberations. Eleven sheriff’s deputies stood on guard in the courtroom while the verdict was read.
The pair ambushed Scott Miller, 38, a founder of PENI, a year after he participated in an interview on Fox News in Los Angeles in which he revealed information about the gang, including its drug trafficking activities. Thought the television station altered Miller’s voice and only showed him in silhouette, some of his unique tattoos were visible. Miller also brought his pet pit bull dog to the interview, and the dog was also visible. Miller was found shot in the back of the head on March 8, 2002, in an Anaheim alley, in retaliation for the interview.
During the six-week trial the defense called former PENI member Billy Joe Johnson 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 Lamp and Rump were not involved, although he claimed that he did give Lamb the gun the next day. Under cross-examination, Johnson could not correctly describe the firearm, despite testifying that he had owned it for six months.
A key witness for the prosecution was former PENI member Darryl Mason, who testified that Lamb bragged to him about killing Miller three months after the murder.
Lamb and Rump were also charged with attempting to kill an Anaheim police officer, whom Lamb allegedly shot at while being chased by police several days after Miller’s body was found. Ballistics tests revealed that the gun fired at the officer was the same one used to kill Miller. Lamb and Rump were each only convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm for the attempted shooting.
Lamb, who is believed to be the actual triggerman, faces the death penalty. Rump faces life in prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing.