In Austin today, a federal judge sentenced Aryan Brotherhood members Roy Ates, Jr., and Chad Ryan Smith, to 180 months and 160 months in federal prison, respectively, for their roles in a 2016 Burleson County (TX) carjacking that resulted in the serious bodily injury to the owner of the vehicle announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner, Houston Division.
In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Sam Sparks ordered that Ates, age 40 of College Station, TX, and Smith, age 32 of Somerville, TX, be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing their prison terms.
According to court records, the victim in this case, an African American, drove to a residence in Somerville on July 2, 2016. Upon his arrival, the defendants ambushed him and began assaulting him while the victim was still inside his vehicle.
During the physical altercation, Ates brandished a large knife and cut the victim’s hand, which required multiple stitches. Claiming they needed it to get to Austin to catch a bus to Missouri, the defendants then took control of the victim’s vehicle and drove to a remote area in Lee County where they forced the victim to exit the vehicle.
Instead of going to Austin, the defendants returned to Burleson County in the victim’s vehicle.