A federal jury found three former members of the neo-Nazi group National Alliance guilty on all counts related to the 2002 and 2003 racially-motivated beatings at two Salt Lake City, Utah, bars.
Former national chairman of the National Alliance Shaun A. Walker, 39, of Hillsboro, West Virginia, former National Alliance Utah spokesman Travis D. Massey, 20, of Salt Lake City, and Eric G. Egbert, 22, also of Salt Lake City, were convicted on April 20 of conspiracy to interfere with civil rights, and interference with a federally protected activity.
During the four-day trial, prosecutors asserted that the beatings were part of a plan to intimidate non-whites in Salt Lake City.
Keith Cotter, another former National Alliance member, testified that he and the three defendants beat a bartender at O'Shucks bar because the bartender was not white, and that he and Massey also assaulted a man at the Port O'Call bar because he was not white. Cotter further stated that Walker had instructed him to lure the bartender at O’Shucks to the door where they would then attack him.
Another witness testified that the three defendants had admitted to the beating at O'Shucks on the night of the incident.
The men each face 20 years in prison.