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Gang member arrested in corrections killing probe

April 5, 2013 • National News


FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows paroled inmate Evan Spencer Ebel. Colorado’s governor announced a sweeping review of the state’s prison and parole operations Thursday, April 4, 2013, as more evidence piled up showing how Ebel, a white supremacist gang member, slipped through the cracks in the criminal justice system to become a suspect in the killing of the state’s prisons chief. (AP Photo/Colorado Department of Corrections, File)

DENVER (AP) — A white supremacist prison gang member was arrested and another was still being sought for questioning Friday in the death of Colorado’s prisons chief as authorities investigated whether the gang had any ties to the killing.

James Lohr, who has the words “Hard” and “Luck” tattooed where his eyebrows would be, was taken into custody early Friday in Colorado Springs. He was wanted for questioning in the slaying of Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements.

Authorities believe Lohr was in contact with gang associate Evan Ebel days before the killings of Clements and pizza delivery man Nate Leon. Police said they believe Ebel killed Leon and Clements less than a week before he died in a Texas shootout, but the motive is unclear.

Clements was shot to death March 19 in Monument, just north of Colorado Springs. Leon was killed two days earlier. His body was found in the Denver suburb of Golden.

Colorado Springs police arrested Lohr after a short foot chase that started when officers tried to stop the car he was driving, according to a statement. Lohr was Login to read more

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