Lufkin man gets life term over kidnapping
LUFKIN, Texas (AP) - A jury in Lufkin has ordered life in prison
for an alleged Aryan Brotherhood of Texas leader over the 2009
abduction and assault of a woman he had dated.
Stephen Dewayne Wallace was convicted Thursday of kidnapping --
ordering five lower-ranking prison gang members to snatch the woman
because he feared she was leaving him. Jurors then began the
penalty phase, agreeing on the life prison term.
The victim was kidnapped and beaten last June.
Angelina County Sheriff's Deputy Donna Clayton testified that
Wallace has tattoos typical among members of the Aryan Brotherhood
of Texas, which is a white supremacist group.
Evidence presented at trial indicated the 35-year-old Wallace's
criminal history dates to 1993 with convictions for drug
possession, unlawfully carrying a weapon, DWI, theft and a case
related to a terroristic threat.