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Was there a prison gang connection to murder of Colorado prisons chief?

Colorado parolee Evan Ebel, who died Friday after a shootout with police in Texas, may have been connected to the shooting death of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements. As the member of a 'particularly vicious' prison gang, Ebel may have been ordered to kill Clements.


Evan Spencer Ebel is shown in this undated Colorado Department of Corrections booking photo. Ebel died Friday but authorities say he is a suspect in the slaying of Tom Clements, the head of Colorado's prison system.

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Law enforcement officials are zeroing in on the member of a prison gang as a suspect in the killing of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.

He has been identified by several news sources as 28-year-old Evan Ebel, who had been on life-support in Texas after a high-speed chase and shootout with police there. Mr. Ebel died Friday.

Ebel had been in and out of prison in Colorado over the past decade for various offenses, including assaulting a prison guard in 2008. His list of nine felonies over a four-year period includes aggravated robbery, assault, and menacing. Authorities say he was a member of the “211 Crew,” also known as the Aryan Alliance. Ebel had been free on parole since February.


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