Mug shot of Curtis Allgier
|Criminal status||Incarcerated in the Utah State Prison, Utah|
Curtis Michael Allgier (born August 25, 1979) is a white supremacist skinhead who is being held in the Utah State Prison near Kuna, Idaho, for the murder of corrections officer Stephen Anderson.
Prior arrests and convictions
Allgier's criminal history began in 1998 with convictions for theft and reckless driving in South Dakota. He was charged with felony burglary, forgery and theft in Utah during October 2000, after he burglarized a neighbor's apartment and made out a stolen check to himself for $300. That month, he was also charged in another county with carrying a concealed handgun and sentenced to 180 days and probation.
Allgier fled Utah in August 2001, which led to a one-to-15-year sentence. Paroled in May 2003, he was then arrested and sent back to prison in July 2004 for traveling to California without authorization, and possessing two knives. He was paroled in October 2006. In November, he became a fugitive for two days on a parole violation. Allgier, armed, barricaded himself inside a hotel room but was captured by a Salt Lake City SWAT team after falling through the ceiling where he had tried to hide. On June 14, 2007, he was sentenced to 104 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Murder of Stephen Anderson
On the morning of June 25, 2007, corrections officer Stephen Anderson escorted Allgier to the University of Utah, where Allgier was scheduled for an MRI, because he had been complaining of back problems. While waiting with Anderson in an examination room at the university's orthopedic center, Allgier was unshackled. He then overpowered and disarmed Anderson and shot him in the head. Allgier later stated that the gun went off accidentally during the struggle. After fleeing the clinic on foot, Allgier carjacked a Ford Explorer, and led police on a high-speed chase. Allgier was captured at an Arby's restaurant a few miles away, where he tried to shoot an employee but the gun malfunctioned. Eric Fullerton, a Vietnam veteran and former Army paratrooper, tackled and held him until the police arrived.
Allgier's murder trial was initially set for June 2012. In March 2012, the judge granted a motion postponing the trial. On October 3, 2012, Allgier unexpectedly pled guilty to murder and several other charges, and also pled no contest to three charges of attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In January 2015, Allgier lost his right to legal representation after repeatedly making frivolous objections to, and threats against, his court-appointed attorneys during his appeals of the life sentence.
In November 2017, the Utah Supreme Court rejected Allgier's self-represented motions to withdraw his guilty pleas. The court ruled that Allgier knew conditions of his guilty pleas and was unable to withdraw them due to missing a deadline, and furthermore that Allgier had failed to establish that his lawyers did not adequately represent him.
Allgier is noted for numerous tattoos expressing his white supremacist beliefs. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Allgier's face as the "Face of Hate". The meanings of each of these tattoos are explained as:
- Swastika (Hakenkreuz) (center brow, either side of the nose, earlobes, chin and front of the ears): A prevalent item used heavily within Nazi symbolism and is a commonplace tattoo on modern-day followers of White supremacy.
- 14 88 (temples): Refers to the Fourteen Words written by David Lane (white nationalist writer) "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children." and Heil Hitler, represented by the 88 ('H' being the eighth letter of the English alphabet). This is usually written as "14 88", "14/88" or "1488".
- Crucified skinhead (right cheek): Symbolizes the persecution of working class skinheads by the upper class.
- Three intersecting triangles (left jaw): Known as a valknut or volknut, symbolizes the afterlife and binding of the soul to Odin, who is considered chief among the Norse gods, among non-racist Pagans. However, among racist Pagans, it signifies "that one is ready to be taken into the ranks of Odin's chosen warriors."
- 5150 (under the right eye): A likely reference to California statute 5150, which requires commitment to psychiatric hospitals for people declared to be a danger to themselves or others.
- Hatebreed (upper lip): An American hardcore/metalcore band that has pointedly disavowed any racist beliefs after being incorrectly described as a white-power band by CNN in the wake of Wade Page's shooting at a Sikh temple.
- Iron Crosses (forehead temples): Military decoration used by Nazi Germany. Originally from a symbol, typically in black with a white or silver outline that originated after 1219 when the Kingdom of Jerusalem granted the Teutonic Order the right to combine the Teutonic Black Cross placed above a silver Cross of Jerusalem.
- SS Lightning Bolts (jawbones): A symbol of the Schutzstaffel (translated to Protection Squadron or defence corps), abbreviated as SS or with stylized "Armanen" sig runes). The Schutzstaffel was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler, and was a Nazi police force that administered death camps, in addition to staffing mobile killing units known as Einsatzgruppen. The Nuremberg judges declared the entire SS a criminal organization after World War II.
- Property of Jolene: Refers to his wife Jolene; the couple are now divorced.
- F.U.N.: stands for "fuck you, nigger"
- Blood, Honor, and Loyalty (collarbone): A heavily used phrase by white supremacists as well as other neo-Nazis in clothing, lyrics, and tattoos.
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