Alleged white supremacists get prison for Atascosa County murder

San Antonio Express-News/January 31, 2014

By Alia Malik

San Antonio -- A San Antonio man and a Jourdanton woman, allegedly members of a white supremacist prison gang, were sentenced to prison Thursday for their involvement in the 2008 murder of a prospective member.

The body of Mark Davis Byrd Sr. was found May 4, 2008, in Atascosa County.

Shane Gail “Dirty” McNeil, 34, and Destiny Nicole Feathers, 24, pleaded guilty last August to accessory after the fact in connection with the case.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, of the Southern District of Texas, sentenced McNeil to 10 years in prison and Feathers to 6.5 years in prison. Both were also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

McNeil was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a prison gang that Feathers was also associated with, according to court testimony.

To be considered for membership in the gang, a person must be sponsored by another gang member and serves a term as a “prospect,” according to court documents.

While Byrd was a prospect, the gang ordered him killed because he kept drugs he was supposed to deliver on their behalf, according to court documents. Houston-area gang members kidnapped Byrd and tortured, beat, stabbed and shot him, according to court documents.

According to their plea deals, McNeil and Feathers helped hide a shotgun used to kill Byrd and got rid of his bloody clothing.

Three other gang members pleaded guilty in 2011 to the racketeering murder.

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