White supremacist gets death penalty in murder case

White supremacist gets death penalty in murder case

A white supremacist gang member was sentenced to death Friday for the 2002 murder of one of the organization’s founders.

An Orange County jury recommended in June that Michael Lamb, 34, a member of the gang Public Enemy Number One, should die for killing Scott Miller in 2002 in retaliation for giving away some of the gang’s secrets.

A different jury had deadlocked last year.

Lamb and codefendant Jacob Rump, 32, were convicted a year ago in Miller’s murder and for trying to kill an undercover police officer tailing them after Miller was found dead in an Anaheim alley with a gunshot wound to the back of his head.

– Source: White supremacist gets death penalty in murder case, Christine Hanley, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 23, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Michael Allen Lamb, 34, was convicted by an Orange County Superior Court jury earlier this year of the March 8, 2002 ambush murder of Scott Miller, a founding member of Public Enemy Number One (PEN1), a gang with roots in Huntington Beach.

Lamb was eligible for the death sentence because his jury determined that he was guilty of the special circumstance of murdering Miller in an Anaheim alley for the benefit of PEN1 to retaliate for Miller’s revealing gang secrets on a local television news program.

Jacob Anthony Rump, 32, Lamb’s co-defendant, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last year for participating in the execution-style murder.

Billy Joe Johnson, 45, a third Public Enemy Number One member, also faces a potential death sentence when he goes on trial later this year for his alleged role in luring Miller to his death.

The gang came under law enforcement scrutiny last year after investigators said PENI leaders authorized a hit list aimed at officials, including an Orange County deputy district attorney who was prosecuting other gang members.

– Source: White supremacist gets death, Larry Welborn, Orange County Register, USA, Aug. 22, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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