LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Polk County judge sentenced a 29-year-old member of the Aryan Circle prison gang to 40 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for his part in a series of home burglaries and thefts that occurred in the Goodrich in July of 2016.
John Lloyd Frazer, of Cold Spring, appeared in Judge Ernest L. McClendon's 258th Judicial District Court for a sentencing hearing Monday. Polk County District Attorney William Hon said Frazer previously pleaded guilty to first-degree engaging in organized criminal activity and elected to be sentenced by the judge.
"The charge against Frazer stemmed from a series of residential burglaries and thefts in the area of FM 2665 near Goodrich last July," Hon said. "During the punishment hearing which was prosecuted by Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon, multiple victims testified that they had returned to their homes after having been away for work only to discover their homes ransacked and property stolen."
During the sentencing hearing, Detective Anthony Lowrie with the Polk County Sheriff's Office said that after a traffic stop near Goodrich ibn July 19, 2016, authorities searched Frazer's home on Coy Dodson Road. Many items of property that had been stolen from the various properties, guns, and drug paraphernalia were found at Frazier's home, Hon said.
"Also arrested during the investigation were Melissa Van Winkle, age 33 of Goodrich and Dusty Craig Hanson, age 22 of Splendora," Hon said. "Additional firearms stolen in one of the burglaries were later recovered in Spring at the home of a family member of Van Winkle."
Hon said that during the sentencing hearing, he presented testimony from Texas Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Investigator Kevin Hunt. Hunt testified that Frazer is a confirmed member of the Aryan Circle white supremacist prison gang, which is commonly involved in theft, burglary, and drug distribution offenses in Southeast Texas.
"Photographs of Frazer's numerous gang tattoos and gang related social media postings were admitted into evidence by the prosecutor for consideration by McClendon." Hon said.
Hon said that he argued that a lengthy prison sentence for Frazer would be a just punishment "given the organized nature of his criminal activity which included a length history of drug and property crimes."
The Polk County District Attorney asked the judge to "send a message that gang activity of the type engaged in by Frazer and his associates would not be welcome in Polk County and would be dealt with harshly."
Hon said Frazer remained expressionless in the court room as McClendon sentenced him.
Charges are still pending against Van Winkle and Hanson, who are still in the Polk County Jail.