By Raul Hernandez
A jury today found an alleged leader of a white supremacist gang guilty of being a felon in possession of a loaded shotgun and ammo.
Jurors also found Jeremy McCubbin guilty of street terrorism in connection with his involvement in the Skin Head Dogs, a criminal street gang with white supremacist beliefs.
In an interview outside the courtroom, prosecutor John Barrick said the Ventura Police Department is going to be elated with the jury's decision.
"I would imagine that the whole of the Ventura Police Department is going to let out a cheer tonight, because he is an extremely dangerous man, and he needs to be in prison for the rest of his life," said Berrick.
The 38-year-old McCubbin is facing life in prison under the "three strikes" law when he is sentenced on June 28.
During the reading of the verdicts, McCubbin stared straight ahead with his attorney Jesyka Cho's hand on his back. As he was being lead out of courtroom by Sheriff's deputies, McCubbin smiled at his aunt who was in court.
Cho would only quote the Bible after the verdicts.
"All things work to the good of those who love God and that are called according to his purpose," she said. "It might seem bleak right now because of the verdict, but I do believe that God has a plan for his life."
McCubbin's aunt Donna Gray said in an interview that her nephew isn't a violent man, saying that his white supremacy views were spawned in prison to keep him safe there.
"He's a very loving man. He's made some bad choices and bad decisions in his youth and that's what he's paying for now," she said. "I love him very much, yes. All I can say is that I am very upset that they found him guilty, and all I can do is pray."
Ventura Police Officer Daniel Stegner who is considered an expert on white supremacist gangs told jurors about the signs, symbols and tattoos that members identify with including the Skin Head Dogs. Stegner said there are 20 active members of the Skin Head Dogs,
"I can't say enough about the work Detective Stegner did. He was fantastic," said Barrick after the trial.
McCubbin, whose moniker is "Screwball," is a "well-respected" leader in the Skin Head Dogs, a violent criminal street gang, said Barrick. McCubbin has two white-supremacist tattoos on the temples of his head.
While on patrol on Sept. 5, 2007, Ventura police officer Teddy Symonds testified that he recognized the passenger of a truck as being McCubbin, a wanted parolee. He said he turned on this patrol car lights to stop the vehicle on Highway 126.
Symonds said the truck slowed down and speed up for about seven to 10 seconds. Symonds said the passenger door opened and McCubbin ran, jumped over a fence, ran across Highway 126, jumped another fence and continued running. Symonds said Eric Nestroyl who was also wanted on a parole violation and on methamphetamine was arrested. Nestroyl was driving the stolen vehicle where McCubbin was a passenger, said Symonds.
Nestroyl had testified that the shotgun belonged to him and that he had just met McCubbin and asked him if he wanted a ride.
Symonds said a loaded Mossberg pistol-grip shotgun and syringers were inside a blue bag inside the truck, which police later learned it had just been stolen.
DNA evidence on the shotgun and shotgun shells was linked to McCubbin, court testimony showed.