Federal Inmate Given 24 Additional Years For Killing Child Porn Ring Leader In Prison

A federal inmate who was serving time for a July 2018 bank robbery conviction was sentenced this week to an additional term of 24 years and four months after pleading guilty to killing a fellow prisoner who was a convicted child predator.

Adam Taylor Wright, nicknamed “Creeper,” had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for participating in the killing of Christian Maire in 2019 in Milan Federal Correctional Facility in Milan, Michigan. He was sentenced on that conviction on Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Paul D. Borman at the Detroit federal courthouse.

The new sentence will run concurrently with the sentences he is currently serving.

Court documents indicate that Wright acted along with two fellow inmates, Alex Albert Castro and Jason Dale Kechego, in killing Maire in January 2019. The Department of Justice reported that Wright and Kechego “repeatedly kicked and stomped Maire in the head” and Wright acted to prevent guards from stopping the attack while “Castro repeatedly stabbed Maire.”

All three of the co-defendants then threw Maire’s body down a flight of stairs. Maire reportedly died from 28 stab wounds and blunt force trauma applied to his head.

FBI agents were called into the prison to investigate the case, and the cases against Castro and Kechego are still pending.

In a DOJ statement, U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison said: “Deterring violence inside prisons will always be a priority of this office. Senseless acts of violence that jeopardize the safety of employees and inmates of the Bureau of Prisons will be aggressively prosecuted.”

Maire was in the Milan federal prison after being senteced on convictions related to allegations he was the leader of an international child pornography and exploitation ring. Maire’s criminal organization targeted at-risk teenage girls online in order to coerce them into performing sexual acts.

The ring operated for at least five years and was made up of nine offenders. They pretended to be teenage boys offering to befriend vulnerable and lonely underage girls, according to prosecutors.

The victims of Maire’s ring were manipulated into performing online sex acts and undressing for webcams. Some of the victims even agreed to self-harm including cutting themselves as the adult predators watched for their sexual gratification in onlne video chat rooms.

The ring shared recordings of the videos they obtained among its members. The FBI alleged that the ring exploited more than 100 underage girls in the U.S. and Canada, with some as young as 10 years old. The FBI closed in on the ring and arrested the members in 2017.

The defendants in the exploitation ring came face to face with some of their victims at their sentencing hearings. The traumatized victims asked the judge to lock them away for decades. One victim told the judge that she still cries herself to sleep and wonders “when the monsters will stop haunting me.”