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Guilty plea likely from woman charged with posing as paralegal, smuggling contraband to Aryan Brotherhood prisoner

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A change-of-plea hearing was set in federal court Wednesday for a woman accused of smuggling contraband such as meth, tobacco, and cell phones to a Folsom prisoner associated with the Aryan Brotherhood.

Kristen Demar, 44, previously pled not guilty and will likely change her plea to guilty on September 12, 2022, for her alleged role in an Aryan Brotherhood plot to smuggle contraband into Folsom prison.

According to prosecutors, Demar is the wife of skinhead gang member Charles “Boots” Demar, accused in 2018 of stabbing 36-year-old Aaron Glynn to death at Calipatria state prison in 2018. He was also tapped by law enforcement as a person of interest in the 2011 slaying of American Front leader David Lynch. He was never charged with killing Lynch but was prosecuted for drug offenses after police found meth and the equipment to make it in his home.

Phone calls wiretapped as part of a larger probe into drug trafficking and violent crime by the Brotherhood in 2016 revealed the skinhead gang had hatched a plot to arrange a visit to William Sylvester at Folsom Prison by SoCal attorney Kevin McNamara and a woman who would pose as his paralegal.

The purpose of the visit, court papers say, was to smuggle contraband to him. Demar allegedly sent leader Ronald Yandell, aka Renegade, a text panicking about an apparent lack of planning in the early morning hours of August 11th, 2016.

“Oh my god wtf I haven’t heard from anybody about time game plan meeting place NOTHING,” she texted to Yandell’s smuggled cell phone at Folsom Prison.

Yandell later made a call to alleged co-conspirator Samuel Keeton, who has since pled guilty, and asked him to get on the same page with Demar about a plan. Keeton said he was waiting for Jeanna Quesenberry at the Red Lion Inn in Sacramento with a vacuum-seal machine.

“It’ll be 5 today and 5 tomorrow,” Keeton said.

Following the call, GPS information showed Quesenberry arrive at the Red Lion Inn. At the same time, agents conducting surveillance on the hotel saw her meet up with Demar, Keeton, and attorney McNamara, who uses a wheelchair. Demar and McNamara left in a black Toyota Sienna, which agents tailed to Folsom Prison.

The duo parked and entered the prison for a legal visit. McNamara said he was Sylvester’s lawyer, and Demar said she was a paralegal working with McNamara. This is false, according to investigators, because Sylvester had chosen to represent himself in a pending case at the time.

CDCR staff outfitted the visitation room with a video-only camera that captured Demar reaching into a bag on McNamara’s wheelchair, quickly handing Sylvester several items including a cell phone sandwiched under a notepad.

Officers searched Sylvester following the visit and found four iPhones sewn into his pants, three vacuum-sealed baggies of tobacco, and 20 grams of methamphetamine hidden in his rectum.

During the search, prosecutors say, Sylvester admitted that the smuggling operation was an Aryan Brotherhood plot and repeatedly tried to shift the blame off of Demar.

“She had to do this, we made her,” Sylvester allegedly said, telling investigators the brotherhood had targeted her husband for death. More wiretapped phone calls found that Yandell and Sylvester had agreed to admit to any statements Demar made that implicated them in an effort to keep her and McNamara from being prosecuted.

“Got word from B,” Yandell allegedly texted Demar after she was caught with the contraband. “He said remember what he said if they threaten to charge u. Put it all on him and we will always say he told u guys to do that because they can’t do anything to him.”

Authorities found more iPhones, plastic wrappers, and power cables in McNamara’s wheelchair on their way out of the prison. When they confronted Demar about the contraband and read her Miranda rights, she dropped her head and began to recite her prepared confession.

“DEMAR said she wanted to cooperate, but she didn’t want to get herself or her husband “Charlie” into more trouble,” an affidavit reads. “DEMAR claimed that she could die if she cooperated or said something that she wasn’t supposed to say.”

Officers eventually released the duo, and they left the prison at around 2:50 PM. They were arrested in June of 2019 after the Justice Department handed down charges in the case, implicating the duo alongside sixteen others including Sylvester, Yandell, and a slew of other prisoners spending decades behind bars.

The plot to bring drugs to Sylvester, according to court documents, was merely a small part of a 5-year racketeering operation that incorporated crimes including murder plots and the trafficking of meth and heroin from the city of Sacramento to places like Las Vegas and Missouri.

Only two individuals have pled guilty in the case so far, the most recent being hitman Donald Mazza, who admitted in a plea agreement that he was tapped to kill a suspected informant while out of custody in San Diego.

This story was updated to include information on Charlie Demar’s connection to the 2011 killing of American Front leader David Lynch.
Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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