Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Associate Samantha Goldman Pleads Guilty to Racketeering
An associate of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges.
Samantha Goldman of Houston pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, The 29-year-old Goldman and other ABT gang members and associates agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping, and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the ABT gang.
Goldman held the position of ABT “Hub” and was often referred to as a “Featherwood.”
Goldman reportedly facilitated communication of criminal activities among imprisoned gang members regarding gang-related business, collection of dues, commission of disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members, and acts of violence against rival gang members.
She is one of 35 defendants charged with conducting racketeering activity through the ABT criminal enterprise, and is the eighth defendant charged in the indictment to plead guilty.
The ABT was established in the early 1980s within the Texas prison system, and modeled itself after the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang based in the California prison system during the 1960s.
According to the indictment, the ABT was originally concerned with the protection of white inmates and the promotion of white supremacy and separatism. Over time, they expanded the criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit.
Goldman faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.