Utah man back in federal court on hate crime charges

Published May 22, 2014 9:56 am
Courts • Robert Keller of Hurricane has missed two court dates.
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A 70-year-old southern Utah man is going back before a judge in Salt Lake City to face federal hate crime charges after he allegedly made death threats to the family of a black teenager.

Robert Keller of Hurricane had been free on bail after his arrest in December on charges of interfering with a right to fair housing.

FBI agents arrested him Tuesday after he missed a scheduled court appearance for the second time Monday.

His lawyer, Terry Hutchinson, told KUTV-TV that Keller wasn't aware of the court dates.

He'll go before U.S. Magistrate Judge Evelyn Furse at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Prosecutors say Keller was upset the black teenager was socializing with white girls in his neighborhood. He allegedly wrote letters to the teen's interracial family threatening to kill them if the youth didn't move away.

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