LONGVIEW — Three East Texas members of the white supremacist prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas have pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of a fellow member from Longview. According to the Longview News-Journal, Brian Thomas Green, 44, of Mount Pleasant pleaded guilty May 10 to the use or carry of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death. The charge was in connection with the 2011 murder of Kenneth Earl Ayres, 48, whose last known address was in Longview. Travis Lee Hill, 28, of Ore City and Kalvin Kyle McCown (pictured), 43, of Longview pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to kidnapping charges related to the case.
The three men were accused of taking Ayres against his will July 13, 2011, from Texas to Oklahoma for the purposes of punishment or retribution as well as maintaining or increasing their positions in the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, according to a January 2016 federal indictment. According to court documents, McCown, along with Hill and Green, beat Ayres in McCown’s shed in Longview, shot him in the hand and foot and drove him to rural southern Oklahoma, where he was shot in the head.
Green, Hill and McCown still face charges of murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, kidnapping and conspiracy to tamper with a witness. The three have not been sentenced but face life in prison.