Aryan Brotherhood inmate’s death is latest at Victorville prison

The federal correctional complex in Victorville.
(Eric Reed / Associated Press)

The killing of an Aryan Brotherhood leader inside a high-security federal prison in Victorville last week is the third reported fatality in recent months.

David Snow, who had served as president of Aryan Brotherhood in Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene Nov. 13 at the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex. The manner in which he was killed was not disclosed.

A day later on Thursday, a convicted murderer was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell. And on Oct. 1, Javier Sandez, 38, was killed in an inmate assault. He was serving 120 months for drug charges.

Snow was convicted of possessing 50 tablets of oxycodone and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to his 2005 federal indictment filed in Ohio, he had also been convicted of robbery in 1979 and aggravated assault in 1988.


Snow was sentenced to 180 months and was scheduled to be released Sept. 24, 2018, he said. Had Snow been released, he would have been prohibited from associating with other Aryan Brotherhood members, according to his plea agreement.

Since his death, inmates’ movements have been restricted and relatives have been prohibited from visiting.

“It is typical for institutions to restrict inmate movement while a serious incident is investigated,” said Chris Burke, spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.



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