Three Vidor residents have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges related to their association with a “white’s only” criminal enter- prise that engaged in metham-phetamine distribution and murder in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on Thursday, Sept 19.
Juanette Marie Cunning-ham, aka Netty, 46; Michael Taylor Word, 45; and Erica Nicole Parrott, 27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distrib- ute methamphetamine Sep. 18. The three are the last of 12 named in a seven-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury Aug. 7 to plea. Five other defendants, Craig Pipps, aka Lone Wolf, 40, of Vidor; Mikell Allen Cunningham, aka Mikey, 28, of Vidor; Ricky Allen Nichols, 54, of Vidor; Cassi Diane Hetzel, 37, of Silsbee; and Mack Langston Warner, 33, of Silsbee, pleaded guilty to the same charge ear- lier the same week. The eight were indicted along with four others.
According to the indictment, Pipps; Kenny Don Stanley, 25, of Vidor; Tanner Lynn Bourque, aka Two Shoes, aka Hitman, 33, of Vidor; Kristopher Leigh Guidry, aka Holly- wood, 28, of Vidor; and Vicki Stark- Fitts, 49, of Hull, Texas, participated in the operation and management of the “SWS” gang. The SWS is a race-based organization operating inside and outside of jails and prisons in Texas and else- where, the indictment explained. SWS is also known as “Solid Wood Soldiers” and “Separate White State.” SWS mem-bers, prospects, and associates refer to the gang as the “wolf pack,” “pack” or “family.” Although the founders of SWS claim to have established the organization for protection of white inmates and advancement of white supremacy and white separatism, SWS expanded its objectives to include ille- gal activities for profit, including traf- ficking methamphetamine and fire-arms. SWS protects its power, territory, and profits through intimidation and violence, including assaults, robbery and murder, according to prosecutors.
In August 2010, Pipps and Guidry agreed that Guidry, Bourque and other SWS members would raise money for Pipps and SWS through criminal activ- ities, including the sale of metham- phetamine. The stated goal of the con- spiracy was to raise $30,000 so that Pipps and SWS could purchase real property for a “separatist community.” Under the agreement, Pipps was to receive control of the funds upon his impending release from fed-eral prison. Prosecutors alleged that from September 2010 to Janu-ary 2011, Bourque, Guidry and other SWS members allegedly manufactured “shake and bake” methamphetamine for distribution in the Orange County area. In February 2011, SWS members became close- ly associated with Stark-Fitts, who supplied them with crys- tal methamphetamine and firearms.
Crystal metham-phetamine is a purer form of methamphetamine that is imported from Mexico.
According to information presented in court, on March 14, 2011, while SWS member James Lee Sedtal, aka “Lil Bit,” was delivering methamphet-amine in Orange County, Sedtal used one of Stark-Fitts’ guns to shoot and wound an ABT associate. ABT is a criminal gang operating in the Orange County area and elsewhere that report- edly wielded supremacy over SWS in Orange County. During the early morn- ing hours of March 14, 2011, Stanley shot and killed Sedtal at Stark-Fitts’ residence in Liberty County. Bourque had ordered Stanley to kill Sedtal to prevent ABT from retaliating against SWS for Sedtal’s shooting of the ABT associate. Later that morning, Bourque, Stark-Fitts, Guidry and Stanley drove to a deserted logging trail in Hardin County where they disposed of Sed-tal’s body. Sedtal’s body was recovered on March 23, 2011, after a man phoned 911 to report his discovery of human remains inside a burned car.
The eight defendants plead- ing guilty this week face up to 40 years in federal prison. The four other defendants named in the indictment pleaded guilty earlier this summer. Bourque, Guidry and Stanley each plead-ed guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. 1959(a)(1), murder in aid of racketeer- ing. In connection with their pleas, Bourque, Guidry and Stanley admitted that they sought to maintain and increase