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3 East Texans in Aryan Brotherhood plead guilty in death of member from Longview

By Clare McCarthy
May 18, 2017 at 11:51 p.m.

Brian Thomas Green (Gregg County Jail photo)

Three East Texas members of the white supremacist prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas have pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of a fellow member from Longview.

Brian Thomas Green, 44, of Mount Pleasant pleaded guilty May 10 to the use or carry of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death.

The charge was in connection with the 2011 murder of Kenneth Earl Ayres, 48, whose last known address was in Longview.

Travis Lee Hill, 28, of Ore City and Kalvin Kyle McCown, 43, of Longview pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to kidnapping charges related to the case.

The three men were accused of taking Ayres against his will July 13, 2011, from Texas to Oklahoma for the purposes of punishment or retribution as well as maintaining or increasing their positions in the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, according to a January 2016 federal indictment.

According to court documents, McCown, along with Hill and Green, beat Ayres in McCown's shed in Longview, shot him in the hand and foot and drove him to rural southern Oklahoma, where he was shot in the head.

After Ayres was beaten, witnesses saw Green and Hill take him to McCown's truck, The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City reported, attributing it to court documents.

Ayres was bloodied and wearing only boxer shorts with a sheet wrapped around his hand. When Ayres hesitated to get into the vehicle, Green told him to "get in or it will be worse for you," the Oklahoman reported.

Ayres' remains and the .22-caliber bullet that killed him were found two months later in a farmer's field south of Idabel, Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoman.

The kidnapping and shooting were punishment for taking stolen property from members of the Aryan Brotherhood for Ayres' own benefit, according to court documents.

In a statement signed May 10 by Green and his attorney, Green said the kidnapping and shooting were necessary to maintain discipline within the gang and that he participated to preserve his position within it.

While in jail, Green and his conspirators sent a series of letters to each other and to potential witnesses in an attempt to discourage the witnesses from testifying, prosecutors said.

The Aryan Brotherhood is the nation's oldest major white supremacist prison gang and a national crime syndicate, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Green, Hill and McCown still face charges of murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, kidnapping and conspiracy to tamper with a witness.

The three have not been sentenced but face life in prison.



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