California Racist Skinhead Charged with Attempted Murder

  • January 3, 2008

Police in Corona, California, arrested a member of the racist skinhead gang Public Enemy Number One (PEN1) for attempted murder.

Kory Shaw, 32, was arrested on November 20, 2007, on a Riverside County felony arrest warrant for attempted murder stemming from an alleged attempted homicide in July 2007. 

According to court documents, Shaw allegedly conspired with two white supremacist co-defendants (who were incarcerated at the time) to murder another inmate in the California state prison system.  The indictment states that Patrick John Speldrick, a purported member of the Nazi Low Riders (NLR), another racist gang, called Shaw on the telephone while incarcerated and asked Shaw for permission to have an inmate killed. After supposedly receiving permission from Shaw, Jason Lee Sawyer, 30, a PEN1 member, then allegedly attacked the inmate and slit his throat in front of Speldrick's jail cell on July 19.

All three men have been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, commission of a felony for the benefit of a criminal street gang, and commission of a felony within five years of completion of a prior prison term for a felony conviction. Sawyer was additionally charged with infliction of great bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.

Sawyer is a convicted felon who served time in state prison on prior felony convictions for first-degree burglary in 2001 and 2002, and second-degree burglary in 2004. Shaw is also a convicted felon and has served time in state prison for a 1996 possession of a controlled substance conviction and a 2001 assault with a deadly weapon conviction. Speldrick and Sawyer are currently incarcerated. 

Shaw, also known as "Kordliss," is the lead singer of an Orange County band. He boasts on the band's Myspace page of his "two prison commitments and 19 parole violations over the last 15 years," and encourages fans to give "the middle finger salute to the cops." 

Shaw is covered in tattoos that include many white supremacist images and symbols.