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Utah man sentenced in fellow inmate’s racially motivated death
First Published Jun 03 2014 09:41 am • Last Updated Jun 03 2014 11:53 am

Atlanta • Federal prosecutors say two prison inmates — one of them from Utah — have been sentenced in a fatal, racially motivated assault on another inmate.

Authorities say 53-year-old Donald LaFond Jr. was sentenced to life in prison and 35-year-old Jason Robert Widdison was sentenced to 31 years and eight months.

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Prosecutors say LaFond of New Bedford, Massachusetts and Widdison of Morgan, Utah, are white supremacists who assaulted another inmate in 2011 who didn’t object to having a black cellmate at a federal prison in Atlanta. Both men were convicted of murder in early February.

Authorities say LaFond and Widdison tried pressuring the inmate to ask for a new cellmate, but he refused. Prosecutors say the two considered it a violation of a code governing a prison gang the victim wasn’t part of.

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