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An alleged leader of the Aryan Brotherhood neo-Nazi prison gang is suing California officials — after his requests for vegetarian meals behind bars were “ignored,” according to reports Wednesday.
Ronald Yandell, 58 — a Sacramento Main Jail inmate who faces the death sentence — claims his first amendment rights were violated when prison officials failed to provide him with meat-less meals “for religious reasons,” according to a lawsuit reported by the Mercury News.
Yandell, who is serving a life sentence in connection with a 2001 double homicide, requested the special vegetarian grub on March 8, 2020, and March 20, 2020, but never received it, according to the federal lawsuit filed March 15.
The white supremacist also claims he was transferred to unsanitary jail cells and subjected to “extreme isolation,” according to the suit, which names Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones and other prison officials.
“Plaintiff was never given written notice or any type of hearing to be heard on why he was being punished with extreme isolation,” Yandell wrote in the suit. “Plaintiff is facing a potential death penalty case and is not allowed contact visits with his legal team.”
In the lawsuit, Yandell says he has been locked in a cell for 23 hours a day after being transferred to Sacramento County Main Jail in July 2019.
He was one of 16 alleged Aryan Brotherhood members and associates indicted in four separate cases involving racketeering, murder and drug trafficking in 2019.
He allegedly ran a years-long drug trafficking operation behind prison walls using smuggled cellphones. Prosecutors haven’t taken the death penalty off the table in Yandell’s case, according to Newsweek.
A spokesman for Jones declined to comment to Newsweek, citing pending litigation.
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