Two former Florida prison guards who were also members of the Ku Klux Klan were sentenced for plotting to murder a black inmate after his release.
David Elliot Moran, 49, and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 45, have both been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said Friday, according to WCTV.
A third guard and also a KKK member, Thomas Jordan Driver, 27, was bitten during a fight with the inmate. The guards believed the inmate was infected with HIV and hepatitis, so naturally they decided to start the plot to murder him upon his release.
Driver pleaded guilty to the same charge in March and was sentenced to only 4 years in prison.
All 3 men were arrested in 2015 after an investigation revealed they tried to get an FBI informant to murder the inmate.
WCTV noted that Moran and the informant discussed how they would kill the victim. Newcomb allegedly showed the men syringes filled with insulin and a 9 mm handgun with ammunition that he said he had wiped clean of fingerprints.
“Newcomb pointed out that if they could grab (the victim) and take him to the river he would need to bring a fishing pole to make it look like (the victim) was at the river fishing,” reads the indictment.
Newcomb repeatedly used racial slurs to refer to his target during the conversation with the informant.
“Florida is a safer state with these Klansmen behind bars,” Attorney General Bondi said in a news release. “Hate groups have no place in a civilized society and when members of these organizations plot violence and murder—we will be there to ensure justice is served and our citizens are protected.”