By Dianne Frazee-Walker
Thomas Goulee, alleged member of the white supremacist gang ‘211 Crew,’ was arrested without incident at 5:30pm, April 11, and taken into custody for a parole violation.  Goulee is suspected of being connected to the murder of Colorado Corrections Chief Tom Clements, the state’s parole director. Evan Ebel, another alleged member of the white supremacist gang, was the original suspect.  Ebel was gunned down by police in Texas on March 21 after removing his parole monitoring bracelet and fleeing Colorado.

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Ebel’s escape from his parole monitoring bracelet and Chief Clements’s murder was the initiating factor for a new two-hour rule proposition. Colorado officials are asking for a more rapid response from parole officers when they receive bracelet tampering alerts connected to their parolees. The new rule requires parole officers to arrive at their parolee’s residence within two hours of receiving an ankle bracelet tampering alert.

Even though 32-year old Goulee’s name surfaced in the investigation, he was not listed as a suspect in the murder of Colorado Corrections Chief Tom Clements or the murder of the pizza delivery man that was gunned down at Ebel’s residence. However, the El Paso County Sherriff’s office identified Goulee as “a person of interest” in the Clements’s murder investigation. 

Goulee was arrested at a home where he was eluding police. His family was informed of his arrest by officials. He is identified by tattoos cascading down his legs that his mother told police have the words inscribed “white” and “power.” Goulee hadn’t had contact with his family for three weeks.

Goulee is being held without bond while investigators sort through his involvement with the Clement’s murder. Details of the investigation are being held confidential.

Goulee’s mother is confronted by the difficult job of telling his daughter where her Daddy is: “She knows her Daddy is in trouble and we had to sit her down and tell her the police are looking for Daddy again.”

Early Friday morning, April 5, another person of interest in the Clement’s murder was arrested in Colorado Springs. James Franklin Lohr, 47, was apprehended by police when they spotted him in a moving car. When Lohr saw police recognized him, he threw a gun out of his car and took off when police tried to pull him over. Lohr’s car broke down during the chase, at which point he abandoned his car and ran on foot.

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Police later caught up with Lohr and took him into custody. His bail is set at $250,000 for other outstanding warrants, along with trying to elude police.

Lohr and Goulee are no strangers to the criminal justice system. Both are believed to be members of the white supremacy gang ‘211 Crew.’ Both have spent time in prison and are believed to have joined the gang while incarcerated.

Lohr was formerly based in the Army at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. He has four children and has been arrested in the past for domestic violence and other theft-related crimes. He has been a member of the ‘211 Crew’ since the 90s.

Investigators are suspicious that Lohr could possibly be linked to the Clement’s murder because, according to authorities, “His name surfaced in the course of the investigation.” Lohr was in contact with Ebel before the murder and after Ebel was released from prison. Ebel was the first suspect in the Clement’s case.  Allegedly, Ebel killed a pizza delivery man before removing his ankle monitor.  He then fled to Texas, where he perished from injuries in a shoot out with Texas police.

Colorado Department of Corrections sources and El Paso County authorities are being very closed-mouthed about the investigation, but admit they are investigating the possibility that the ‘211 Crew’ was behind the planning and execution of DOC Parole Director Tom Clement’s murder.

Court documents in regard to the case were ordered closed by the prosecution while the investigation is in process.

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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