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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

Thursday, March 3, 2016

White Supremacists Indicted for Murdering Fellow Inmate at Beaumont Prison

BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the indictment of two federal inmates charged with killing another inmate in the Eastern District of Texas.

            Christopher Cramer, 33, of Ogden, Utah, and Ricky Fackrell, 32, of Vernal, Utah, were named in the two-count indictment charging them with murder and conspiracy to commit murder returned by a federal grand jury today.

            According to the indictment, beginning in March 2014, Cramer and Fackrell, inmates of the U.S. Penitentiary in Beaumont, Texas, conspired to murder fellow inmate, Leo Johns.  On June 9, 2014, Cramer and Fackrell stabbed Leo Johns to death at the federal prison. All three inmates were members of the white supremacy group, Soldiers of the Aryan Culture.

If convicted, the defendants could receive the death penalty or up to life in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons-SIS.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Craft and Joseph R. Batte.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Violent Crimes
Updated March 4, 2016