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Press Release

Life In Federal Prison For Midland Aryan Circle Member For Distributing Methamphetamine And Retaliating Against A Witness

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

In Midland this afternoon, 26-year-old Aryan Circle member Kevin Dwain Rickman (a.k.a. “Birdie”) of Midland, was sentenced to life in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine and retaliating against a witness announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist, El Paso Division.

On September 23, 2013, Rickman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of retaliating against a witness or victim. By pleading guilty, Rickman admitted that between June 2005 and June 2013, he and others conspired to distribute ounce quantities of methamphetamine in the Permian Basin area. Rickman also admitted that on May 5, 2013, he knowingly caused bodily injury to an individual for providing information to law enforcement.

“Today’s sentencing of Mr. Rickman, a documented Aryan Circle member, serves as a strong message to the community of Midland and Odessa that the FBI is committed to pursue individuals who have violated the law and hold them accountable for their illegal actions. This sentencing concludes an 18-month investigation by the FBI, Odessa Police Department, Midland County and the Ector County Sheriff’s Department and furthers the partnership between law enforcement agencies in combating violent criminal offenders,” stated FBI SAC Lindquist.

Updated December 15, 2014