Gang Member Arrested in Colorado Prison Chief’s Murder
(ABC) — A member of white supremacist prison gang was arrested today in connection with the murder of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.
James Franklin Lohr, 47, is in custody of Colorado Springs Police, El Paso County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer told ABC News. Police said earlier this week that Lohr was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder, but it was unclear today whether he had been charged with anything.
Police are still looking for Thomas James Guolee, 31, who is considered armed and dangerous. Both men are known associates of the 211 Crew, a white supremacist prison gang, Kramer told ABC News Wednesday.
The duo are believed to be connected to Evan Ebel, who is suspected of having killed Clements on March 19. Ebel, who signed his name “Evil Evan” and was also a member of the 211 Crew, died in a shootout with Texas police just days after Clements’ death. He is also suspected of killing a pizza delivery man two days before Clements was killed.
Ebel was inadvertently released from prison in January, four years early, and then slipped out of the electronic ankle bracelet meant to monitor his movements.
Two law enforcement sources, who are not allowed to speak publicly about the investigation, told ABC News earlier this week that Lohr and Guolee were believed to be in “frequent contact” with Ebel by phone, including just 24 to 48 hours before Clements was gunned down at the front door of his home in Monument, Colo.
Lohr and Guolee have extensive criminal records, according to court documents.