Mark Allen Leake, known to law enforcement as a white supremacist, was sentenced to five years in prison by Utahís 3rd District Court on April 21, 2004, for unlawful acquisition of a credit card.
Leake, 37, was one of 9 people arrested in February 2003 in a sting operation involving a dozen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for forgery and drug and weapons charges. Two others were also charged in connection with the investigation but were not apprehended at that time.
Lieutenant Andy Burton of the Metro Gang Unit indicated that members of the group were affiliated with the white supremacist prison gangs Soldiers of Aryan Culture and Fourth Reich. Soldiers of Aryan Culture received notoriety in 2002 when Utah authorities claimed members had made plans to attack Jewish athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Reportedly, these two groups are two of the most active racist prison gangs in Utah, along with Silent Aryan Warriors, American Peckerwoods, and Krieger Verwandt.
Jade Pusey, Director of Law Enforcement at the Utah Attorney Generalís Office, said that the 11 defendants ďtook stolen drivers licenses, checks and bank cards and turned them into fake IDís.Ē The suspects, charged with a combined 45 felony counts, then opened checking accounts in order to get cash to use to buy guns and drugs.
The ten other co-defendants are Shayne Grover, 37, Rachel Sutton, 43, David Ray Hymas, 31, Christopher O. Young, 36, Jody Lee Turnbow, 37, Seth Michael Plexico, 33, Messalina DeJongh 28, Anthony Vinucci, 39, Troy K. Miller, 40, and Manual Ramon Pacheco, 40.
Grover was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Sutton and Hymas were both sentenced to five years. Young and Turnbow were sentenced to one year and probation and Plexico and DeJongh were given probation and ordered to complete substance abuse treatment. Vinucciís case was closed and state charges against Miller were dismissed, but he still faces federal weapons charges. Pacheco is still wanted on a $20,000 warrant.