Washington, DC (KTRK) – A Humble man was one of two members convicted by a federal jury of involvement in the violent Ariane Circle white supremacist gang, according to lawyers.
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On Monday, 39-year-old William Glenn Chun, aka Big Head, of Humble, and Aaron Matthew Rentfrew, 40, aka Mongo, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, were convicted of violent crimes for aiding extortion, Specifically, assault is a dangerous weapon that results in serious bodily injury and attempted murder.
According to court documents and evidence presented during the trial, Chunn and Rentfrow were members of the Aryan Circle, a violent, race-based prison gang with hundreds of members across the country, both in and out of prisons.
The Aryan Circle enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects, and partners through threats, intimidation, and acts of violence including, but not limited to, acts of assault and murder.
Members are to follow the orders of higher-ranking members without question. Chun is one of the five top leaders of the country’s Aryan circle, according to court documents.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Paulette Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division: “The Department of Justice will do everything in its power to protect victims of violent crime.” “These convictions demonstrate the department’s commitment to holding white supremacist gangs, such as the Aryan Circle, accountable for their acts of violence and seeking justice for victims.”
On August 17, 2017, Chunn, along with other leaders of the Aryan Circle and Rentfrow, who was likely the Aryan Circle at the time, attacked an inmate in USP Yazoo City, Mississippi.
According to the evidence presented at the trial, Chunn ordered Rentfrow to stab the victim for being gay in order to gain membership in the Aryan circle through his chain of command.
Records show Rentfrew complying with Chun’s order and perpetrating the attack, prompting him to join the gang.
The victim sustained serious injuries from the attack, including broken ribs, multiple pricks in his chest, lacerations to his face and head, and a pulmonary collapse requiring a chest tube.
“Violent crimes committed in our prison systems will be prosecuted,” said U.S. Attorney Darren J. La Marca of the Southern District of Mississippi. “Gangs, like the Aryan Circle, who prey on fellow prisoners and the community have no place inside or outside prisons. Our office is proud to assist the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the ATF in providing this measure of justice.”
“Our communities deserve to live without the fear and intimidation of violent gangs such as the Aryan Circle,” said the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special representative in charge of community affairs, Kurt Thelhorn. “Today’s convictions are an example of the ATF’s priorities in targeting individuals and organizations that have plagued our communities with violence. The ATF will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to prosecute and hold violent criminals to account.”
Chun and Rentvru are scheduled to be sentenced on January 18, 2023, and both face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any ruling after considering US sentencing guidelines and other legal factors.
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