California Racist Skinhead Given Lengthy Sentence

  • June 25, 2009

A racist skinhead from Hesperia, California, pleaded guilty in Victorville Superior Court to conspiracy to commit robbery, and was immediately sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

On June 15, 2009, Mark Goslyn, 33, pleaded guilty during a preliminary hearing. Because this was his third felony conviction, he received a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life under California's Three Strikes law.

Goslyn was one of a group of racist Inland Empire Skinheads (IE Skins) arrested by a sheriff's Specialized Enforcement Division on April 20, following a yearlong investigation.

The group members were arrested on a variety of charges, including selling Vicodin, conspiracy to commit a crime, assault, street terrorism, residential robbery, being felons in possession of guns, and other weapons charges.

The IE Skins, a racist skinhead gang which was first noticed by authorities in 2002, have several dozen members spread out across the Inland Empire. The group also has ties to the Hammerskin Nation, a large racist skinhead group. The gang has allegedly been using social networking Web sites to recruit members, including high school students.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, members of the IE Skins have been involved in murders, attempted murders, murder conspiracies, home invasion robberies, assaults, witness intimidation and narcotics trafficking.

Those arrested along with Goslyn include Raymond Williams, 33, who is on the National Terrorist Watch List, Jeremy Brower, 32, of Winchester, Carrie Goodwin, 24, and brothers Thomas Mason, 23, and Joseph Mason, 20, all of Hesperia, and Joshua Butler, 27, and Ronald Proffitt, 27, of El Monte.

Williams, a tattoo artist from Perris, was arrested at a hospital where his wife was giving birth. According to the County Sheriff's Office, Williams' wife and Carrie Goodwin were inducing labor so their children could be born on April 20, the 120th birthday of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

In May, Butler and Goodwin both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit residential robbery and gang activity.  Butler was sentenced to nine years in prison; Goodwin has not yet been sentenced.

Joseph Mason pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit assault and gang activity and was sentenced to 8 years and 8 months in prison.