The founder of a white supremacist prison gang known as the “211 Crew” died in prison, authorities announced last Sunday. Benjamin Davis’ death is “currently being viewed as a suicide,” told Colorado Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn, who declined to detail when or where Davis was found. The 211 Crew captured national headlines after one of its alleged members, Evan Ebel, assassinated Colorado Department of Corrections director Tom Clements on March 19, 2013. Ebel, who was disguised as a pizza deliveryman, gunned down Clements in front of his home in Monument, Colorado. Parolee was later killed in a gun fight following a police chase in Wise County, Texas. A police review of assassination concluded that Ebel was in contact with multiple members of the 211 Crew before the murder. “The murder of the Colorado Department of Corrections director was ordered by hierarchy of the 211 prison crew” a Texas Ranger report of case concluded. Davis 42 years old established the gang in 95′ in a Colorado prison cell after he was supposedly attacked by a group of black detainees who broke his jaw, according to court records.

“Benjamin’s jaw was so badly broken, he had to hold it up with his hands,” his father, Israel Davis, wrote on a judge in 2007. “Two inmates were beating him and attempting to throw him over the railing when another black inmate whom Benjamin had known on the street ran up and saved him. Otherwise, he would have been killed” the senior Davis wrote. As a result, Davis and several other white prisoners “devised a plan” to protect themselves. They scrawled “211 Gang” with soap on multiple walls throughout facility. “Although there were only four of them, the plan was to make it seem as though there were many, many more” the elder Davis told. His son long struggled with mental illness, letter seeking leniency said. In November 94′, Davis, 19 years old at time, went on a robbery spree in Denver, shooting a man during one of raids. “He was a skinny kid” his longtime girlfriend, Kathy Walton, later wrote on a judge in 2007 after he was facing a slew of new charges tied to offenses in prison. A year later he formed the 211 Crew, which refers to the California penal code for robbery. Authorities tells the gang grew into a violent force behind bars and on the outside, threatening to kill anyone who crossed them. Members were tied to smuggling in drugs into prison and anyone who strayed from group’s strict rules was viciously attacked, prosecutors said. December 2004, 19 gang associates were hit with new criminal charges ranging from racketeering, assault and drug-dealing. Racist group had as many as 300 members at the time, according to a detective investigating the organization. In 2007, Davis was sentenced to an added 108 years in jail on a racketeering conviction. “The long and short of it, Mr Davis, is you don’t need to be on the streets in 40 or 50 years. Your prison sentence was supposed to rehabilitate the defendant. It apparently failed miserably” District Judge William Robbins told at the time, according to Denver Post, which first reported his death. He was in prison for a 30 year conviction of a robbery and first-degree assault case, records show.

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