LONGVIEW (AP) - Investigators say three East Texas men in a racist-based gang have been sentenced to prison for the 2011 slaying of another member whose remains were found in Oklahoma.
Federal prosecutors in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on Friday announced the sentences over the death of Kenneth Earl Ayres. He and the other three men were from the Longview area.
Authorities say Ayres was shot in July 2011 for stealing guns from another Aryan Brotherhood of Texas member. The victim's remains were located in a field in Harris, Oklahoma, 90 miles north of Longview.
McCown, along with Hill and Green, beat Ayres, shot him in the hand and foot and drove him to rural southern Oklahoma, where he was shot in the head, according to the Longview News-Journal.
Ayres' remains were discovered in September 2011 by farmers cutting hay. The skeletal remains later were identified using DNA matched to a sample of Ayres' DNA, the News-Journal reported.
In a statement signed May 10, Green said the kidnapping and shooting were necessary to maintain discipline within the Aryan Brotherhood and he participated to preserve his position within it, according to the Longview paper.
Brian Thomas Green pleaded guilty to a firearms count and received 25 years in prison. Kalvin Kyle McCown and Travis Lee Hill pleaded guilty to kidnapping. McCown was sentenced to 20 years, while Hill received 15 years.