Man linked to white supremacist gang 1488s pleads guilty to federal kidnapping charges
A man associated with white supremacist gang known as 1488s pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping charges Wednesday.
According to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder, 32-year-old Beau Cook was charged for his role in the August 2017 beating, kidnapping and murder of Michael Staton, who was known as "Steak Knife."
Cook along with other 1488s members and associates Filthy Fuhrer, Roy Naughton, Glen Baldwin, Craig King and Colter O'Dell were charged in March. They were charged for crimes involving racketeering, kidnapping, assault and murder.
The release states Cook's plea agreement describes how he was instructed on Aug. 3, 2017 to prepare a room at a Wasilla duplex where Staton would be assaulted.
According to a federal indictment that was unsealed in March, Cook lined a bedroom with plastic on the floor and walls to conceal evidence of the beating. When the group brought Stanton — who had already been beaten — to the duplex, he was brought into the prepared room where they continued to beat him.
During the beating, some of the plastic ripped and blood was smeared on the walls, evidence that was later used by prosecutors to hold Craig King until trial.
After the beating, a large knife was heated using a blowtorch and then used to burn off Staton's 1488 tattoo, a gang process known as de-patching.
The release from Schroder's office states Cook was in the room and witnessed the assault on Staton.
Court documents allege Staton was still alive after the beating. The group rolled him in plastic and carpet before being loaded into a vehicle. Two members of the 1488s drove him into the woods, shot him and burned his body.
Wednesday's release says Cook helped load Staton into the vehicle and later cleaned up the area where Staton was beaten. In return for his part in Staton's murder, the release says Cook was compensated with a shot of heroin.
Cook faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the kidnapping charge.
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