WASHINGTON, DC (KTRK) — A Humble man was one of two members convicted by a federal jury for his involvement in the violent white supremacist gang Aryan Circle, according to lawyers.
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On Monday, 39-year-old William Glenn Chunn, aka Big Head, of Humble, and 40-year-old Aaron Matthew Rentfrow, aka Mongo, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, were convicted of violent crimes in favor of extortion, specifically assault with a dangerous weapon that caused serious bodily harm and attempted murder.
According to court documents and evidence presented at the trial, Chunn and Rentfrow were members of the Aryan Circle, a race-based and violent prison gang with hundreds of members operating both inside and outside of prisons across the country.
The Aryan Circle enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects, and associates through threats, intimidation, and acts of violence, including but not limited to assault and murder.
Members are obliged to follow the orders of higher-ranking members without further ado. Chunn is one of the five highest-ranking Aryan Circle leaders in the country, according to court records.
“The Justice Department will do everything in its power to protect victims of violent crime,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “These convictions demonstrate the department’s commitment to holding white supremacist gangs like the Aryan Circle accountable for the violent acts they have committed and to demanding justice for the victims.”
On August 17, 2017, Chunn, along with other Aryan Circle leaders and Rentfrow, who was an Aryan Circle prospect at the time, assaulted an inmate at USP Yazoo City, Mississippi.
According to evidence presented at the trial, Chunn ordered Rentfrow to stab the victim for his homosexuality in order to earn Aryan Circle membership through his chain of command.
Records show that Rentfrow obeyed Chunn’s orders and carried out the attack, thereby inducting him into the gang.
The victim sustained serious injuries from the attack, including broken ribs, multiple stab wounds to the chest, lacerations to the face and head, and a collapsed lung that required a chest tube.
“Violent crimes committed in our prison systems will be prosecuted, period,” said US Attorney Darren J. La Marca for the Southern District of Mississippi. “Gangs like the Aryan Circle that prey on fellow inmates and society have no place inside or outside prisons.
“Our communities deserve to exist without fear and intimidation from violent gangs like the Aryan Circle,” said Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Representative Kurt Thielhorn. “Today’s convictions are an example of ATF’s priorities of targeting individuals and organizations who plague our communities with violence. ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to prosecute violent criminals and hold them accountable.”
Chunn and Rentfrow are scheduled to be sentenced on January 18, 2023, and each faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine the sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other legal factors.
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