Two members of the Aryan Brotherhood were sentenced to over a decade in prison on Friday for a violent carjacking. 40-year-old Roy Ates, Jr. (above, left) and 32-year-old Chad Ryan Smith (above, right) received 180 months and 160 months in federal prison, respectively.
The victim in this case, an African American, drove to a residence in Somerville, Texas, on July 2, 2016. Upon his arrival, the two Aryan Brotherhood members ambushed and began assaulting him while he was still inside his vehicle. During the physical altercation, Ates brandished a large knife and cut the victim’s hand, which required multiple stitches.
Claiming they needed it to get to Austin to catch a bus to Missouri, Ates and Smith then took control of his car and drove to a remote area in Lee County where they forced him to exit. Instead of going to Austin, the two returned to Burleson County in the victim’s vehicle.
“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to identifying, apprehending and prosecuting violent criminals in an effort to deter crime and protect the citizens of our communities,” stated United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. “As the Attorney General has directed, we will continue our aggressive efforts in using the tools available to us to hold violent criminals accountable for their actions and ensure appropriate sanctions under federal law.”
“The FBI remains committed to investigating those who pose a threat to society and violate the most basic civil liberties of the American people. Violent crimes inflicted upon our citizens erode the trust that is inherent in a law-abiding society,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner, Houston Division. “The FBI will continue to combine our resources with our local, state, and federal partners to mitigate this prevalent threat in an efficient and effective manner.”
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