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Two more Aryan Circle members sentenced

Odessa Americcan, USA
Oct. 27, 2004
David J. Lee • Wednesday October 27, 2004

MIDLAND – Both protesting their innocence, two more Aryan Circle members were sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison.

Both Malachi David Wren, 35, and Victor Wesley Pokey Tucker, 41, were given life sentences on a charge of continuing criminal enterprise.

Kirk Mead, Wrens attorney, told Judge Rob Junell that he didnt have much to say.

I cant ask for leniency, because I dont think the court has any discretion on the sentence here, Mead said.

Both Wrens and Tuckers charge carry a mandatory life sentence. Neither are eligible for parole.

I think Ive been screwed, your honor, Wren said. Thats all I have to say about that.

Like other Aryan Circle members, both men were brought into the court in beige prisoners outfits with their hands and feet shackled. Each was escorted by three U.S. Marshals.

Tucker also told the judge that he was unhappy about the guilty verdict and planned to appeal.

Im not guilty is all I have to say, he said.

Tuckers attorney, Justin Weatherly, said the trial was a difficult one.

Even though were obviously disappointed with the result, my client was given a fair judge and a fair trial, Weatherly said. Well still appeal.

Both men were remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals until the federal Bureau of Prisons decides where theyll serve their sentences.

As Tucker was being escorted from the courtroom, he shook the prosecutors hands, but insulted Odessa police Sgt. Mike Tacker, who was the lead investigator in the case against the Aryan Circle.

Ill never shake your hand, Mike Tacker, Tucker said.

Tacker said he wasnt bothered by the comment.

Youre looking at a career criminal who will never be on the streets of Odessa committing crimes, Tacker said.

In fact, Tacker said he was pleased with the sentences.

A federal life sentence is just that life, he said. Barring a successful appeal, these boys will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

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