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Inmates charged with slashing associate’s tattoo

The Salt Lake Tribune, USA
Nov. 21, 2003
Derek P. Jensen • Monday November 24, 2003

Saying he had “disgraced the swastika,” three jailed white supremacists allegedly cut off a fellow inmate’s swastika tattoo after learning he had sex with a black woman.

The racially motivated assault allegedly happened last week in the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center in Ogden.

Jonathan Gardner, 24; Caleb Iles, 22, and Link Heywood, 21, have since been charged with aggravated assault with a gang enhancement, a second-degree felony.

Court records say the three men had recruited the victim to join Fourth Reich, a white supremacy gang. One gave the victim the swastika tattoo on his arm with his street name above it.

According to court documents, word spread that the new recruit had been intimate with a black woman while out on work search. On Nov. 9, with the other two standing over him, Gardner took a razor blade from the victim’s disposable razor, bent it in half and sliced into his forearm, charges state.

The cut was a quarter-inch deep and 1 inch wide, and required six stitches to close.

“We should have cut him right,” Iles allegedly told authorities, who also reported that he said he hoped to plea bargain “so I can get out early and take care of that punk.”

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