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Man gets death in retaliation killing

August 23, 2008|Christine Hanley

A white supremacist gang member was sentenced to death Friday for the 2002 murder of one of the organization's founders.

After a second penalty phase hearing, an Orange County jury recommended in June that Michael Lamb, 34, a member of the Southern California gang Public Enemy Number One, should die for killing Scott Miller in retaliation for giving away some of the gang's secrets.

A different jury had deadlocked after the first penalty phase hearing last year.

Lamb and co-defendant Jacob Rump, 32, were convicted a year ago in Miller's murder and for trying to kill an undercover officer who was on their trail after Miller was found dead in an Anaheim alley with a gunshot wound to the back of his head.

Rump faces life in prison without parole at his Aug. 31 sentencing.

Prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty against a third defendant, Billy Joe Johnson, 45. He is serving 45 years to life in prison for a 2004 gang- related slaying.

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