Judge sentences Lufkin man to life for 2007 Etoile murders

Carl Carver mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Carl Carver mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - A 44-year-old Lufkin, Texas, man has been sentenced to life in federal prison for his role in a double homicide which took place in Nacogdoches in August 2007, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales for the Eastern District of Texas and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division.

Carl Carver pleaded guilty on Jan. 19, 2011, to committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and was sentenced to life in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  Specifically, Carver admitted that he had participated by directing two ABT subordinates to murder David Mitchamore.

According to information presented in court, Carver was not only a member, he was a general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT), a race-based state-wide organization that operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout Texas and the United States.  The hierarchal ABT enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, assault, robbery and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the enterprise.  Members, and oftentimes associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, such as Carver, without question.

According to court documents, David Mitchamore, aka "Super Dave," an ABT member, and his girlfriend, Christie Rochelle Brown, were murdered by Brent Stalsby and Charles Cameron Frazier as a result of a "direct order" issued by ABT general Carl Carver because of Mitchamore's failure to repay an outstanding debt he allegedly owed to Carver.   The bodies of Mitchamore and Brown were discovered in Nacogdoches County on Aug. 10, 2007.  On May 25, 2011, Brent Stalsby was sentenced to life in federal prison and his wife, Terry Stalsby, who aided and abetted the double murder, was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison.  On June 22, 2011, Frazier was also sentenced to life in prison.

U.S. Attorney Bales expressed his appreciation for the hard work performed by so many officers and agents, "From the beginning, our purpose in becoming involved in this case was two-fold – to successfully prosecute the brutal murders of David Mitchamore and Christy Brown, and to completely dismantle the ABT criminal enterprise.  Today, we are another step closer to both goals.  We are ever mindful that nothing we accomplish in this case can bring the victims back, but we hope and pray that the surviving family members achieve some measure of closure."  Bales also said, "The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has demonstrated over and over that it is nothing more than an organized criminal enterprise, wedded only to violence and racketeering.  We will continue to actively pursue its leaders and members until the ABT is no longer a menace to our free society."

This case was investigated by the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement and Coordination Center (Gang-TECC); the National Gang Intelligence Center; the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department; the Nacogdoches Police Department; the Angelina County, Texas, Sheriff's Department; the Texas Department of Public Safety; and the Texas Rangers.  The case was prosecuted by the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Lufkin, Texas, and the Criminal Division's Gang Unit, in full cooperation with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office.