Former Devils Diciple Fred “Shooter” Weiss, above, one of two men originally charged with the September 2012 murder of a club member named Samuel Henry Dixson, pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison Monday. Weiss must also serve three years of supervised probation. If he violates the terms of his plea deal in the next seven years he could be sentenced to 16 years in prison. He had faced life.
According Chandra Paul, the prosecutor in the case, Weiss was “intoxicated to the point where legally the law requires” that he be charged with manslaughter rather than murder. Weiss must also pay $7,180 in restitution.
Dixson, of Milton, Florida, was arrested in Orange, Florida in 2004 for lewd and lascivious behavior on a child under 16 years of age. He registered as a sex offender in 2005 and began hanging around the Devils Diciples in 2011.
Dixson was shot in the face at the Baldwin County, Alabama chapter’s first anniversary party on Saturday, September 8, 2012. On Tuesday, September 11, Weiss and another Devils Diciple named Adam “Sandman” Mayton tried to turn themselves in for homicide to police in Robertsdale, Alabama. Mayton had two black eyes at the time and had obviously been beaten. The two men changed their minds about confessing to murder after being Mirandized and talking to an attorney.
The next day, September 12, someone burned the mobile home that served as the chapter’s clubhouse. Firefighters who responded to the arson discovered Dixson’s nude body near the Styx River. Police have alleged that club members and associates burned the clubhouse to conceal evidence.
Dixson’s body was identified on September 13.
Both Weiss and Mayton were charged with murder. The charge against Mayton was reduced to hindering prosecution after he told police that Weiss had killed Dixson. Mayton was found dead of natural causes on June 23, 2014.
Six more people were eventually charged with hindering prosecution. One of them, Harlis Holcomb, pled guilty Monday and was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $7,180 in restitution. Holcomb was also ordered to not contact Weiss. If he violates the terms of his probation he can be sentenced to ten years in prison.
The remaining five defendants will be sentenced March 23.