By Jeff Awtrey - email
BEAUMONT, Texas (KTRE) – A 31-year-old Lufkin woman has pleaded guilty to charges related to a double homicide which took place in Nacogdoches County in August 2007, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
April Flanagan pleaded guilty to violent crime in aid of racketeering activity, to-wit, conspiracy to murder David Mitchamore, today before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. Flanagan also pleaded guilty to acting as an accessory after the fact in the murder of Christy Rochelle Brown.
Flanagan agreed to serve at least 15 years in federal prison for the crimes, Bales said in a telephone interview on Monday. She will face a formal sentencing following a pre-sentence investigation. In exchange for the plea, the U.S. Attorney's Office dropped a murder charge against her, in which she faced the death penalty.
According to information presented in court, Flanagan had close ties to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a powerful race-based state-wide organization which operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout the state of Texas and the United States. The ABT enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, assault, robbery and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the enterprise. Members, and oftentimes associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, often referred to as "direct orders."
Bales considered today's plea a great momentum boost.
"We have had negotiation discussions with most of the other defendants," he said. "We expect that there will be other pleas. I can't announce them yet. The case is strong and this is just the first step in what I think will be several steps to assure the public in what we think happened to Mr. Mitchamore and his girlfriend and that will be successfully prosecuting the group of individuals who did this."
It is believed that David Mitchamore, also known as "Super Dave," a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and his girlfriend, Christie Rochelle Brown, were murdered as a result of a "direct order" by members of the Aryan Brotherhood because of Mitchamore's failure to repay an outstanding debt he allegedly owed to a General in the Aryan Brotherhood. The bodies of Mitchamore and Brown were discovered in Nacogdoches County on August 10, 2007. Flanagan knew of the plan to murder Mitchamore, and provided members of the Aryan Brotherhood with a shotgun and loaned her vehicle to them. Both the shotgun and the vehicle were used during the commission of the murders.
The following individuals also face charges in the incident:
- Carl Richard Carver, aka "C.C.", 43, of Lufkin, Texas, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder;
- Charles Cameron Frazier, aka "Mojo", 28, of Nacogdoches, Texas, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of murder, two counts of carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Brent Nicholas Stalsby, aka "Twist", 29, of Lufkin, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of murder, two counts of carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- Terry Lynn Stalsby, aka "Peaches", 28, of Lufkin, is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact;
- Carrie Christine Wood, 37, of Lufkin, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, and murder.
"We worked very hard and learned a great deal about not just what happened out there in Etoile but we've also learned a great deal about ABT," Bales said. "We're having some great success, using the rule of law, working very hard to attack their structure in the free world so that they cannot with impunity, murder people like they did those folks in Nacogdoches County."
This case is being investigated by the FBI, the ATF Gang-TECC, the National Gang Intelligence Center, the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department, the Nacogdoches Police Department, the Angelina County Sheriff's Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Rangers. The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the United States Attorney in Lufkin and the Department of Justice Gang Unit, in full cooperation with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office.
Bales credited Nacogdoches County law enforcement with getting the case where it is today.
"I want to give credit to the Texas Rangers and the sheriff's department, who responded to the scene very quickly. Nacogdoches county of course, but Angelina county sheriff's office also contributed," he said. "Then my partner, the district attorney's office in Nacogdoches County was very gracious, they gave us their complete file. We made a decision these folks were best pursued in federal statutes. That's not an easy thing to do in a district attorney's office but I get along very well with Nicole LoStracco and she is all about getting the best results for the people in Nacogdoches County."