Dealing death and drugs
Vicki Stark-Fitts, 49, of Hull pleaded guilty Aug. 22 to racketeering charges related to her association with a “whites only” criminal enterprise that engaged in methamphetamine distribution and murder in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Aug. 22.
Stark-Fitts pleaded guilty to participating in a pattern of racketeering activity that included conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and murder before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin. Kenny Don Stanley, 25, of Vidor, Tanner Lynn Bourque, aka “Two Shoes,” aka “Hitman,” 33, of Port Arthur, and Kristopher Leigh Guidry, aka “Hollywood,” 28, each pleaded guilty to murder in aid of the racketeering activity earlier this summer.
All four, including Stark-Fitts, along with eight others, were charged in a seven-count superseding indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 7, 2013. The indictment is the latest in a series of Eastern District prosecutions targeting members and associates of the SWS and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT).
The same four were previously named with the eight other defendants in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury March 7 alleging they participated in a racketeering enterprise that engaged in methamphetamine distribution and murder. Seven of the charged defendants were already in custody and five were arrested March 8 as a result of the March 7 indictment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Those named in the indictment were Stanley; Bourque; Guidry; Stark-Fitts; Craig Pipps, aka “Lone Wolf,” 40, of Vidor; Erica Nicole Parrott, 27, of Vidor; Ricky Allen Nichols, 54, of Vidor; Michael Taylor Word, 45, of Silsbee; Juanette Marie Cunningham, aka “Netty,” 46, of Vidor; Mikell Allen Cunningham, aka “Mikey,” 28, of Vidor; Cassi Diane Hetzel, 37, of Silsbee; and Mack Langston Warner, 33, of Silsbee.
The indictment alleged that Stanley, Bourque, Guidry, Stark-Fitts, Pipps and Cunningham, participated in the operation and management of the SWS gang.
According to the indictments, the SWS is a race-based organization founded during the 1990s operating inside and outside of jails and prisons in Texas and elsewhere. SWS is also known as “Solid Wood Soldiers” and “Separate White State.” SWS members, prospects and associates refer to the gang as the “wolf pack,” “pack” or “family.”
From September 2010 to January 2011, Bourque, Guidry and other SWS members allegedly manufactured “shake and bake” methamphetamine for distribution in the Orange County area. In February 2011, Bourque, Guidry and other SWS members became closely associated with Stark-Fitts, who supplied them with crystal methamphetamine and firearms. Crystal methamphetamine is a purer form of methamphetamine that is imported from Mexico.
According to information presented in court, on March 11, 2011, while SWS member James Lee Sedtal, aka “Lil Bit,” was delivering methamphetamine in Orange County, Sedtal used one of Stark-Fitts’s guns to shoot and wound an ABT associate. ABT is a criminal gang operating in the Orange County area of Texas and elsewhere that wielded supremacy over SWS in Orange County. During the early morning hours of March 14, 2011, Stanley shot and killed Sedtal at Stark-Fitts’s 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 Sedtal’s body. Sedtal’s body was recovered March 23, 2011, after a man phoned 911 to report his discovery of human remains inside a burned car.
Stanley, Bourque and Guidry each pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering. In connection with their pleas, Bourque, Guidry and Stanley admitted that they sought to maintain and increase their position within SWS by murdering Sedtal. Bourque, Guidry, and Stanley face a punishment of life imprisonment. Stark-Fitts, who was accused of murder in aid of racketeering in the March 7 indictment, pleaded guilty to a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1962(c), RICO, a lesser charge, and faces up to life imprisonment. The indictment charged all 12 defendants with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine as charged, the remaining defendants face a punishment range of 10 years to life imprisonment.
A search of the defendants’ criminal histories revealed that among those arrested, each has prior offenses. Prior charges within the group include felony theft, felony burglary, assault, felony possession of a controlled substance and the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.