By Fred Obee

Triplicate editor

Six inmates with connections to an Aryan Brotherhood prison gang entered guilty pleas Monday to racketeering charges that included contract murder attempts and smuggling drugs into Pelican Bay State Prison.

A seventh defendant in the case, Paul 'Cornfed' Schneider, is awaiting trial, the U.S. Department of Justice in San Francisco announced yesterday.

Most of the defendants are currently serving state criminal sentences in California prisons.

Schneider, 40, became something of a public figure two years ago when it was revealed he was adopted by San Francisco attorneys Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel. The attorneys were convicted in March 2002 after their two dogs mauled neighbor Diane Whipple to death in a San Francisco apartment building.

Two of the defendants, James Pendleton, 57, and Mark Glass, 46, were listed as being from Crescent City, but Pelican Bay State Prison reported those two men are not currently incarcerated there.

The remaining defendants were identified as Reuben Pappan, 58, of Corcoran, Calif., John Harper, 50, of Tehachapi, Calif, Brenda Moore, 46, of Chowchilla, Calif., and Robert Shields, 45, of Corcoran, Calif.

Between them, the defendants entered guilty pleas to conspiring or attempting to commit eight contract murders, conspiring to commit one armed home-invasion robbery and conspiring to smuggle methamphetamine into Pelican Bay State Prison, the Department of Justice said.