Three members of the Indiana-based racist skinhead organization the Vinlanders Social Club have been sentenced for punching and kicking a 35-year-old homeless African-American man in downtown Indianapolis, in March 2007.
All three defendants pleaded guilty to their roles in the assault.
Timothy Dumas, 24, and Eric Fairburn, 34, both of Indianapolis, and Joshua Kern, 26, of Knightstown, were arrested in Marion County, Indiana, on March 26, 2007. Brass knuckles were seized by the police at the scene.
On September 26, 2008, a Superior Court Judge in Marion County sentenced Dumas, who threw the first punch, to one year in prison for felony criminal recklessness.
Kern, who had already been sentenced to 60 days in exchange for his guilty plea to misdemeanor battery in this case, coincidentally began serving his sentence on the same day, September 26.
Fairburn, the defendant who was found to have been the main attacker in the incident, received the lengthiest sentence. A Marion County Superior Court Judge sentenced Fairburn to five years in prison on August 22, 2008, after he pleaded guilty to felony battery.
Fairburn, whose tattoos include the word "murder" across his neck, and the Vinlanders Social Club shield logo on his head, co-founded the Knightstown, Indiana–based Vinlanders Social Club in 2004. The group has become an umbrella organization for more than a dozen racist skinhead crews across the country.
In February 2007, the Vinlanders Social Club helped raise funds for Charles Marovskis, a member of a racist skinhead group associated with the Vinlanders, the Keystone State Skinheads, after he was arrested for murdering two homeless men in Florida in 1998. Marovskis ultimately pleaded guilty to double-murder in May 2008.