Two former Florida prison guards — who were also Ku Klux Klan members — have been found guilty of plotting to kill a Black inmate after his release.
The murder plot involving Elliot Moran and Charles Newcomb started after a third guard, another Klan member, was bitten during a fight with the inmate. Moran, Newcomb and Thomas Driver, the third guard, believed the inmate was infected with HIV and hepatitis.
Newcomb, Moran and Driver would enlist an FBI informant to kill the former inmate, and all three men were arrested in 2015.
Driver pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to four years in prison. A Columbia County jury found Moran and Newcomb guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said Tuesday.
“We will continue to work daily to ensure the KKK or any other hate-filled organization is unable to inflict violence on the citizens of our great state,” Bondi said in a news release.
During the multi-agency investigation, the former guards were caught on tape discussing the murder plot with the informant. At one point the guards discussed shooting the former inmate if poisoning him with insulin did not work, according to the Washington Post.
“If we have to do pow-pow, we will,” Newcomb told Moran and the informant at one point, according to an affidavit obtained by the Washington Post.
Newcomb called himself the “Exalted Cyclops” of the Ku Klux Klan chapter, the newspaper reported.
During the elaborate sting, the guards were tricked into thinking that the former inmate had been murdered.
“Photographs were shown to each of the men. They expressed happiness,” state prosecutor Nick Cox told WJXT. “They shook the source’s hand and the source even went to the point of asking is this what you wanted.”
At the time, Driver and Moran were guards at the Department of Corrections Reception and Medical Center in rural north Florida. Newcomb was a former correctional officer who had been fired in 2013.
Stop for a second and think about how many KKK prison guards, cops, lawyers, teachers, AND politicians are out in this world. It’s real out here.