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Tom Clements Death: James Lohr, gang member questioned in Colo. prisons chief killing, scheduled to appear in court

This Friday, April 5, 2013 photo provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office shows 47-year-old James Lohr. Lohr, a white supremacist prison gang member, was arrested and another was still being sought for questioning Friday in the death of Colorado's prisons chief as authorities investigated whether the gang had any ties to the killing. (AP Photo/El Paso County Sheriff's Office) Uncredited

James Lohr
AP Photo/El Paso County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/AP) DENVER - A white supremacist prison gang member questioned in the death of Colorado's prisons chief is scheduled to appear in court today as authorities continue to seek another associated gang member sought for questioning.

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James Lohr, 47, was taken into custody early Friday in Colorado Springs in connection to the slaying of Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements, authorities said. He was booked on felony evading charges and was also held on three outstanding arrest warrants unrelated to the Clements case.

Police are still on the lookout for 31-year-old Thomas Guolee, an associated gang member who is also wanted on warrants unrelated to the murder investigation. Both Lohr and Guolee were identified as 211 Crew members and are not being called suspects in Clements' death, but their names surfaced during the investigation, El Paso County sheriff's spokesman Jeff Kramer said.

Authorities said Evan Ebel, the only suspect named in Clements' death, was a member of the same gang with Lohr and Guolee. He was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities on March 21. Investigators said the gun he used in the shootout was also used to kill Clements when the prisons chief answered the front door of his home.

Authorities believe Lohr was in contact with Ebel days before the killings of Clements and pizza delivery man Nate Leon. Police said they believe Ebel killed Leon and Clements less than a week before he died in a Texas shootout, but the motive is unclear.

Clements was shot to death March 19 in Monument, just north of Colorado Springs. Leon was killed two days earlier. His body was found in the Denver suburb of Golden.

Guolee's mother, Deborah Eck, told The Denver Post that Guolee called her husband a week and a half ago to ask for a ride to the police station so he could turn himself in for what she believed was a parole violation. But she said they never heard back from him.

Police came to her house Wednesday looking for Guolee.

"One cop said if he would have turned himself in for violation of probation, he probably wouldn't be in the situation he was now," Eck told the newspaper.

Lohr was wanted in Las Animas County in southeastern Colorado. He was arrested for violating a protection order in Trinidad on Dec. 1, 2012, after police found that he was drinking with friends at a tattoo shop. According to court documents, drinking was a violation of a protective order against him, and he was arrested. Lohr then failed to appear in court in that case Feb. 20, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Lohr has a criminal record going back to 1992. In 1996, after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a home, court records show he was ordered to have no contact with his estranged wife after she told police he repeatedly broke into her home and stole items to pawn.

In 2006, Lohr was charged with burglary with a weapon and assault causing serious bodily injury. Court records show those charged were dismissed because of a lack of evidence.

Court records show Guolee was arrested in 2001 after a member of the Crips gang told Colorado Springs police he was jumped by Guolee and another gang member because they believed he was a member of a rival gang. The witness told police Guolee and the other gang member punched and kicked him in the face and left him bleeding.

In 2007, Guolee was charged with assault and intimidating a witness while in the El Paso County jail after an inmate said he was assaulted by three men, including Guolee, because they thought he was going to testify against a suspect in another case. Authorities said the man was beaten so badly he could have been permanently disfigured.

The complete court records were not immediately available, so the outcome of some of those cases was unclear. Authorities also have not released the subject of Guolee's warrant.

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