Hearing set for alleged Colo. prison gang member

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Update 3:27 p.m.

DENVER (AP) -- An alleged white supremacist gang member arrested during the investigation into the killing of Colorado's prisons chief will make his first court appearance Monday.

James Lohr was arrested early Friday after a brief chase in Colorado Springs. Authorities had announced they were looking for him and a fellow gang member as persons of interest in the slaying of Tom Clements.

The only named suspect in the case is another member of the 211 Crew prison gang who was killed in a shootout last month in Texas.

Lohr has a criminal record dating back to 1992 and was wanted on three separate warrants unrelated to the Clements investigation.

Authorities are investigating various motives in Clements' killing, including whether it was a hit ordered by the gang.

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DENVER (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a member of a white supremacist gang linked to the killing Colorado's prisons chief, who was shot answering the door of his home last month.

El Paso County sheriff's spokesman Jeff Kramer says James Lohr was taken into custody early Friday. Lohr was wanted for questioning in the murder of Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements. It's unclear if Lohr has been charged.

Authorities believe Lohr was in contact with gang associate Evan Ebel days before the murders of Clements and pizza delivery man Nate Leon. Police say they believe Ebel killed Leon and Clements before he was killed in a shootout in Texas. His motive in the killings isn't clear.

According to KRDO-TV, Lohr was arrested by Colorado Springs police after a short foot chase when police tried to stop a car.

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