Beaumont inmate pleads guilty to racketeering
According to the a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, an inmate confined at the Federal Prison Complex in Beaumont has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, in a Maryland-based case.
James Sweeny, 35, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, will receive a life sentence for his role as leader of Dead Man, Inc. (DMI). The Maryland based racketeering charge was transferred to the United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas in coordination with an indictment pending in the Eastern District of Texas, wherein Sweeny and his co-defendant, Harry Lee Napper, were charged in the 2008 murder of their cellmate at the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont. Sentencing dates for both Sweeney and Napper are pending.
According to information presented in court, in 2000, Sweeney was a founder of DMI and became its “Supreme D.” During his time in Maryland state prisons, and later during his incarceration in federal prison in Texas, Sweeney announced that DMI was available to do “hits” for hire in order to raise money for DMI and to enable white prisoners to retaliate against black gangs and cliques. Further, Sweeney was aware of the smuggling of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, crack, and marijuana into prisons by DMI members and by others on behalf of DMI members. During his incarceration, Sweeney ordered “hits” in furtherance of DMI, including conspiracies to commit murder and assaults.