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California Racist Skinhead Sentenced for Manslaughter

A judge in San Bernardino Superior Court has sentenced a white supremacist to 21 years in state prison for the hate crime murder of a Hispanic man.

The judge sentenced Christopher "Danny" Fulmer, 21, on October 16, 2009.  In September, a jury convicted Fulmer of manslaughter with a hate crime enhancement for the fatal shooting of a Hispanic man, as well as attempted voluntary manslaughter with a firearm for shooting and injuring a second man.

On December 4, 2007, Fulmer, then 19, and a group of friends clashed with the two Hispanic victims and their friends in Yucaipa.  During the melee, Fulmer shot and killed a 30-year-old man, and shot and wounded a second man.

Fulmer, a member of the racist skinhead Hate Filled Skins, went after the group because he believed they were Mexican.

According to the prosecution, after Fulmer and his friends ran into the group early in the evening, Fulmer told his friends that he wanted to find the Mexican who "disrespected him" and "teach him a lesson."   When the two groups ran into each other again a short time later, a violent confrontation ensued and Fulmer fired numerous shots.

Prosecutors described Fulmer's numerous white supremacist tattoos to the jury – "HFS" for Hate Filled Skins on his left arm, an Iron Cross on his back, and a swastika on his chest – and showed them photographs of Fulmer and friends giving a Nazi salute on a MySpace social networking profile.

After the incident, Fulmer fled to Oregon with the help of co-defendants Jessica Basham, 20, Rowan Law, 21, and Kelly Erickson, 22.  All three pleaded guilty last year to being an accessory and each was sentenced to three years probation.

Fulmer created a commotion during his first court appearance.  On February 29, Fulmer was in a physical altercation with a deputy outside the courtroom on the way to his preliminary hearing and had to be taken to the hospital. 

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