RCI guard allegedly recruited into gang by inmates

MILWAUKEE — A corrections officer allegedly recruited into a gang by inmates pleaded guilty Thursday to a criminal conspiracy charge brought against him in October.

John Champion, 40, of Oak Creek, was charged with party to the crime of conspiracy to deliver illegal articles to an inmate in October. He pleaded guilty Thursday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court to an amended charge of conspiracy to deliver illegal articles to an inmate.

Champion, who worked at Racine Correctional Institution in Sturtevant, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 3.

According to court documents, Champion allegedly joined the Simon City Royals after meeting an inmate member of the street gang in the spring of 2005. Within months he was going to gang meetings and was invited to participate in them, learn the gang’s prayers and become a member.

Champion is accused of sneaking pornography, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana into RCI and giving them to Anthony Lubrano, 43, who was allegedly running the gang from inside the prison. The criminal complaint against Champion also alleges he was bringing in contraband for other inmates who were members of the Simon City Royals and Vice Lords in exchange for money.

The Simon City Royals smuggled about $30,000 in contraband into the prison, according to an RCI investigation.

Court records show informants told authorities Champion joined the gang because of its influence in the prison system and smuggled in contraband to fellow gang members to help them earn positions of authority and respect among inmates.
Champion was one of 16 alleged members of the Simon City Royals charged in the conspiracy case. The criminal complaint accuses defendants of participating in an April 2002 shooting in West Allis; a June 2003 beating in Wauwatosa; a March 2005 armed robbery of a Milwaukee bar; a spring 2006 beating, and an August 2006 beating.

They also allegedly had parts in the distribution and sale of marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs and put money into the prison canteens of people convicted of crimes committed for the gang.

source: http://www.journaltimes.com/articles/2009/06/25/local_news/doc4a4406e2224d3574001384.txt

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  1. In a nation wherein “In GOD We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, corruption and wickedness exist on both sides of the badge and the bars. Yet, are they bad men just because they made some bad choices? Do not all of us have A’s and F’s on our moral report cards? As I so stated on my blog, http://www.victoryNchrist.net we can’t fix it IF we can’t face it. I dare anyone who wants to fix their F’s to read that textbook in sex education and then to trust in GOD…and that’s my final answer!

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