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Gang member held in Colorado prisons chief slaying

DENVER -- A white supremacist prison gang member was arrested and another was being sought for questioning yesterday in the death of Colorado's prisons chief as authorities investigated whether the gang had any ties to the killing.

James Lohr, 47, was taken into custody in Colorado Springs. He was wanted for questioning in the March 19 slaying of Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements.

Authorities believe Lohr was in contact with gang associate Evan Ebel days before the killings of Clements and a pizza delivery man, Nate Leon. Police said they believe Ebel killed Leon and Clements less than a week before he died in a Texas shootout, but the motive is unclear.

Colorado Springs police arrested Lohr after a foot chase that started when officers tried to stop the car he was driving, according to a statement. Lohr was booked on felony evading charges and also held on three separate outstanding arrest warrants unrelated to the Clements case. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Authorities issued an alert Wednesday asking other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Lohr and Thomas Guolee, 31, both of Colorado Springs, who were identified as 211 Crew members.

Lohr and Guolee are not being called suspects in Clements' death, El Paso County sheriff's spokesman Jeff Kramer said.-- AP

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