ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Three Farmington men have been indicted on federal hate-crime charges for allegedly burning a swastika into the arm of a mentally challenged Navajo man, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.
Paul Beebe, 27, William Hatch 29, and Jesse Sanford, 25, engaged in a "racially motivated assault" on the 22-year-old Navajo man in May, according to prosecutors. Each is charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of violating a federal hate-crimes statute.
According to the indictment the trio heated a wire hanger on a stove and used it to brand the swastika into the man's arm leaving a permanent scar. They also carved a swastika into the man's hair and used a marker to write "KKK" and "White Power" within the lines of the swastika, the indictment charges.
The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Farmington Police Department and the San Juan County district attorney's office. The U.S. attorney's office in Albuquerque and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are jointly handling the prosecution.
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