A True Las Vegas Crime Story: U.S. v Rick Lee Archer and Gene DiUlio (“The Ultimate Escape Artists”)
This true Las Vegas crime story is about Rick Lee Archer and Gene DiUlio. These two defendants, members of the Aryan Brotherhood, were the last prisoners to escape from a federal maximum security facility (Lompoc, CA). They then traveled to Las Vegas and committed bank robbery and several car jackings.
While the case was pending, plans to escape from custody, with the help of the Aryan Brotherhood, were uncovered. They were then moved to the old Supermax (Marion, Ill). During a routine x-ray at Marion, two shivs and a handcuff key were discovered in Archer’s rectum. When returned to Las Vegas for trial, they posed such a high security risk that the US Marshal’s Service refused to bring them from the Clark County Detention Center to the federal courthouse; pre-trial hearings were consequently conducted in a makeshift courtroom in the Clark County Jail.
When they threatened to visit me the next time they escape, I assured them that the beer would be cold – nothing personal, you understand. Both folded and pled on the morning of trial. Archer was sentenced to 188 months, DiUlio to 240 months. Archer subsequently received an additional 8 years for attacking a guard with a homemade spear at the new Lewisburg Supermax.