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White supremacist gang member in Orange County sentenced to death

November 23, 2009 |  2:42 pm

Johnson200A white supremacist gang member in Orange County was sentenced to death today for his involvement in the murder of a fellow gang member who had divulged gang secrets on television, authorities said.

Billy Joe Johnson, 46, was convicted last month of assisting two other men  in the March 2002 murder of Scott Miller, a founding member of the gang, the Orange County district attorney’s office said in a  statement.  Miller was featured in a Fox News broadcast a year earlier that focused on a criminal case against known leaders of the gang.

Fellow gang members were offended by his actions, prosecutors said. Although Miller’s voice and face were disguised during the television broadcast, other gang members were able to identify him by his tattoos.

Gang members Michael Allen Lamb, 35, and Jacob Anthony Rump, 34, were also convicted for their role in the murder.  Last year, Lamb was sentenced to death in the case, and in 2007 Rump received a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Billy Joe Johnson. Credit: Daily Pilot