DOC investigating death of inmate who founded white supremacist prison gang

RAWLINS, Wyo. — The Department of Corrections on Sunday confirmed the death of inmate Benjamin Davis, the founder of the white supremacist prison gang 211 Crew.

Davis died at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins, Wyoming. His body was discovered by corrections officials on the morning of August 26.

Davis was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 108 years in prison on a racketeering conviction. Davis was previously charged with ordering beat downs and hits of gang members who stepped out of line or other inmates for various offenses. At that time, he was already serving a 30-year prison term for robbery and first-degree assault.

Davis founded the 211 Crew in 1995 at Denver County Jail after claiming his jaw was broken by a black inmate.

The 211 Crew was linked to the murder of DOC executive director Tom Clements at his Monument home in 2013. The man believed to have killed Clements, Evan Ebel, was also a 211 Crew member. He was killed in a shootout after a police chase in Texas following Clements’ murder.

Davis was serving his sentence in Wyoming under an Interstate Corrections Compact Agreement which allows inmates to be transferred between states.

Prison authorities along with the Office of the Inspector General are reviewing this incident.

At this time authorities are investigating Davis’ death as a suicide. An autopsy has been ordered.

UPDATE (August 31, 2017): An autopsy confirmed Davis died by suicide, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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