A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Thursday was sentenced for his role in the 2009 shooting of a man in Jefferson County.
John Oliver Manning, aka "Fish," 52, of Pasadena, Texas, was convicted by a jury on Dec. 1, 2011 with violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity.
A news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's office says the activities include conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Manning was sentenced to 29 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.
Manning and co-defendant, Joshua Mark Bodine, aka "Desperado," 32, of Vidor, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 17, 2011. Bodine pleaded guilty on Oct. 11, 2011, to assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, the ABT is a race-based, state-wide organization that operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout Texas and the United States. The ABT was established in the early 1980s within the Texas prison system.
According to evidence presented at trial, the ABT enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, assault, robbery and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the enterprise. Members, and oftentimes associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, often referred to as "direct orders."
The evidence at trial established that on Sept. 7, 2009, Manning shot and wounded ABT associate Matthew Fails in Nederland on the orders of Bodine.