Crime & Justice

Orange County white supremacist sentenced to death for murder

An Orange County judge sentenced white supremacist Billy Joe Johnson to death for murder.
An Orange County judge sentenced white supremacist Billy Joe Johnson to death for murder.
State of California

A judge in Santa Ana Monday sentenced a white supremacist to death for killing a fellow gang member.

Prosecutors say Billy Joe Johnson murdered his childhood friend Scott Miller seven years ago because Miller divulged their gang’s secrets in a local TV news interview.

Producers obscured Miller’s face, but fellow gang members recognized him because of his tattoos.

Johnson, 46, lured Miller from a party under the guise of purchasing drugs in Anaheim. Johnson drove an unsuspecting Miller to an Anaheim apartment complex where two other gang members were waiting in an alley. They executed Miller by shooting him in the back of the head at close range.

Johnson’s a member of Public Enemy Number One, or PEN1. Miller was a founding member. According to the Anti-Defamation League, PEN1 is one of a number of Orange County-based white supremacist gangs including the Orange County Skins and Insane White Boys.

In testimony last month, Johnson described himself as a drug addict “nut case” who would kill again if freed. He asked for the death penalty.

Johnson’s already serving time for one murder – the rusty claw hammer killing of a Huntington Beach man. He claims to have committed two other murders.

Two other gang members were convicted in connection with the Miller murder.

KPCC Wire Services contributed to this report.