The FBI is investigating the killing of an Aryan Brotherhood leader from Ohio inside a high-security federal prison in Victorville last week, officials said.
David Snow, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday. He had served as president of the Aryan Brotherhood in Ohio, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. He was convicted of possessing 50 tablets of oxycodone and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to Snow’s 2005 federal indictment filed in Ohio, he had also been convicted of robbery in 1979 and aggravated assault in 1988.
Since his death at the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex, 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.
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.
Snow’s death is at least the third in recent months. On Thursday, a convicted murderer was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell. On Oct. 1, Javier Sandez, 38, was killed in an inmate assault. He was serving 120 months for drug charges.
An autopsy on Snow’s body was scheduled to be performed Tuesday.