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Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Murder
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 32-year-old Vidor, Texas man was sentenced today for his role in a March 2011 murder committed in furtherance of the SWS criminal enterprise in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Kenny Don Stanley pleaded guilty on June 25, 2013, to murder in aid of racketeering and was sentenced to life in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Mar. 14, 2011, Stanley, along with Tanner Lynn Bourque, a/k/a “Two Shoes,” a/k/a “Hitman” (33), Kristopher Leigh Guidry, a/k/a “Hollywood” (28), and Vicki Stark-Fitts (49), used a firearm to murder James Lee Sedtal, a/k/a “Lil Bit,” in Liberty County, Texas. The defendants murdered Sedtal on behalf of SWS, after Sedtal assaulted an Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) associate. ABT was poised to retaliate against SWS, and Bourque, Guidry, Stanley, and Stark-Fitts sought to maintain and increase their position within SWS by murdering Sedtal.
According to court documents, the SWS is a race-based organization operating inside and outside of jails and prisons in Texas and elsewhere. SWS was founded during the 1990s by inmates within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. SWS is also known as “Solid Wood Soldiers” and “Separate White State.” Although the founders established SWS for protection of white inmates and advancement of white supremacy and white separatism, SWS expanded its objectives to include illegal activities for profit, including trafficking methamphetamine and firearms. SWS protects its power, territory, and profits through intimidation and violence, including assaults, robbery, and murder.
From September 2010 to January 2011, SWS members manufactured “shake and bake” methamphetamine for distribution in the Orange County area of Texas. In February 2011, Bourque, Guidry and other SWS members became closely associated with Stark-Fitts, who supplied them with crystal methamphetamine and firearms. Crystal methamphetamine is a purer form of methamphetamine that is imported from Mexico. According to information presented in court, on Mar. 14, 2011, Stanley, Bourque, Guidrey and Stark-Fitts murdered James Lee Sedtal, a/k/a Lil Bit, in connection with the methamphetamine conspiracy.
Guidry, Bourque, and Stark-Fitts pleaded guilty this summer for their respective roles in the murder. Judge Crone sentenced Guidry to life in prison on October 4, 2013. Bourque and Stark-Fitts are awaiting sentencing. Bourque faces life in prison, and Stark-Fitts faces from 360 months to life in prison.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Time Machine Initiative. Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The case is being investigated by the ATF, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, DEA, Texas Rangers, Department of Public Safety CID, Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Beaumont Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.