Feds indict members of white supremacist gang 1488 in kidnapping, murder
A federal court document names six alleged members of a violent, white supremacist gang and details its organization and activities within Alaska's correctional facilities and in the community.
The indictment, dated March 19, 2019, was unsealed Wednesday morning, according to online court records.
It charges the six men with several serious crimes, including kidnapping, assault, murder and conspiracy — counts classified as violent crimes in aid of racketeering.
The defendants named in the document are:
- Filthy Fuhrer, aka "F--- Face" or "Timothy Lobdell"
- Roy Naughton, aka "Thumper"
- Glen Baldwin, aka "Glen Dog"
- Colter O'Dell
- Craig King, aka "Oakie"
- Beau Cook
Naughton is charged with an additional count of assault.
While five of the men are in custody, 37-year-old Baldwin is still at large.
The men are alleged members of the 1488 gang, which was formed in 2010 within Alaska's Department of Corrections and by Alaskan inmates held in facilities in Colorado and Arizona, according to the indictment:
"At all times relevant to this Indictment, the 1488s were a violent, race-based, 'whites only' prison-based gang with approximately 50 to 100 members operating in Alaska and inside and outside of penal institutions throughout Alaska and elsewhere. The 1488s offered protection to white inmates if they joined the gang. All 1488s gang members were required to 'be white, look white and act white.'
The gang's influence and structure has recently spread through both rural and urban areas across Alaska, according to a separate court document.
The indictment states the "14" in 1488 references a 14-word slogan used by white nationalists and supremacists: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
The "88" is a nod to white supremacist David Lane's manifesto "88 Precepts." It also stands for "Heil Hitler," as "H" is the eighth letter of the alphabet.
Members can be identified by tattoos, according to the indictment:
"The 1488s used Nazi-derived symbols to identify themselves and demonstrate their affiliation with the gang. Members often had tattoos incorporating one or more Nazi-style symbols including, but not limited to, the Iron Cross, Swastika, and Schutzstaffel ('SS') lightning bolts. The most coveted tattoo of 1488s was the 1488s "patch" (an Iron Cross superimposed over a Swastika) that could be worn only by 'made' members who generally gained full membership by committing an act of violence on behalf of the gang."
Each correctional facility typically has a designated "Key Holder," according to the document.
Key holders are responsible for all 1488 gang matters within the prison, while "Enforcers" were in charge of making sure other members followed the gang's rules and carried out tasks assigned by higher ranking members and "Bosses." Members referred to each other as "Family" and "Brothers."
While they actively recruit members in and outside of DOC facilities, the 1488s do not accept homosexuals, "rats," individuals charged with sex offenses or women — although women "were often allowed or required to participate in gang activities and to comply with gang rules" the indictment reads.
Gang members make their income through illegal activities such as drug and weapons trafficking, and maintain or increase their influence and power through threats and acts of violence.
The case charged in the indictment centers around a 34-year-old man named Michael Staton, aka "Steak Knife."
The defendants are accused of conspiring to kidnap Staton, starting in 2016 — in order to gain entrance to and maintain or increase ranking within the 1488s — then kidnapping, assaulting and murdering Staton on or around August 3, 2017.
The Alaska Department of Public Safety's website lists Michael Staton as a missing person who was last heard from on August 2, 2017. However, according to online court records the unclaimed remains of Michael Staton were disposed of by the state in March 2018.
Staton's death was not made public until Wednesday.
Two additional suspects, 29-year-old Nicholas Kozorra, aka "Beast," and 34-year-old Dustin Clowers, have already pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering charges in Staton's death.
According to Clower's plea agreement, he joined the gang in 2014 while he was incarcerated at the Goose Creek Correctional Center. Once he was released from jail, he continued to take on more responsibility within the 1488s.
Meanwhile, Kozorra was a "shot caller" for the 1488s in "free world" Alaska.
Kozorra called Staton to Anchorage. Staton drove a stolen car from Kenai to meet with Kozorra and his girlfriend. They then drove to an abandoned trap house in Wasilla, where Staton was informed he would be losing his patch.
Staton was tied up with duct tape and rope and beaten, before he was moved to a second location. He tried to escape on the way, but was stopped and beaten again.
The group arrived at a Wasilla duplex where Craig King — an alleged member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and 1488 associate — and his wife lived.
"Staton was an addict and was accused of previously stealing items from King. This included stealing King's valuable Hells Angels "Cuts" (Hells Angels motorcycle vest) and drugs which he was supposed to have sold."
Beau Cook allegedly prepared the vacant side of the duplex for a beating by covering the walls and floor with plastic.
"Staton arrived at the duplex in a beaten state and was forcibly taken into the vacant side. Inside, Staton was beaten further by the defendant and others to include, O'Dell, Baldwin, Kozorra, and King. During the beating the plastic ripped and blood ended up on the walls. A knife was heated up with a propane torch and the defendant, Baldwin, and Kozorra took turns burning Staton's 1488 "patch" from the ribcage area of his body. At that point, Staton was still alive but was badly beaten. It was reasonably foreseeable that without medical treatment he would not survive his injuries. Staton was then rolled inside of the rug and plastic. He was so tightly bound that his body was not visible and he was barely audible. He was then carried outside and placed on the ground near the red Tahoe. At that point, [King's wife] screamed obscenities at Staton and stated effectively that this is what happens when one steals from the Kings."
Clower, who was out on bail with electronic monitoring in a state case, eventually had to get a ride back to Anchorage from Kozorra in order to comply with his curfew.
During a news conference Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced 14 additional indictments that resulted from the investigation into the 1488s:
- Christopher Davidson, 35, sentenced to serve 90 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms;
- Justin Eaton, aka “Skulls,” 44, charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Justin Hoff, 30, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Taylor Lack, 23, sentenced to serve six months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Mica Messinger, 37, sentenced to serve 70 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Angie Minnick, 41, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen mail and for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances;
- Alexander Netling, aka “Bruiser,” 25, sentenced to serve five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Michael Oman, aka “Donkey,” 29, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Jason Rose, aka “Honkey,” 42, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and for being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Shawn Schmidt, 33, sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Charles Soper, aka “Slim,” 25, sentenced to serve 34 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Jeffrey Robinson, 37, sentenced to serve nine years in prison for drug conspiracy;
- Roy Naughton, sentenced to serve 100 months in prison for carjacking;
- Colter O’Dell, sentenced to serve 27 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Watch the livestream from Wednesday's full news conference below:
Editor's note: This article has been updated to include information from corresponding court documents into the gang violence committed by the 1488s.
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