Colorado White Supremacist Threatens Judge at Sentencing

  • May 9, 2013

A federal judge in Denver sentenced a white supremacist inmate who assaulted a prison guard to 20 more years in prison.

A jury convicted Jeremiah "Jay" Vaughn Gregory of assault in February 2008 for throwing hot floor-wax stripper at a prison guard's face at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado. The guard suffered first-and second-degree burns. According to the prosecutor, after throwing the heated liquid, Gregory tried to break a light tube so he could stab and kill the guard with it.

Gregory admitted in court documents that his original plan was to kill a Congressman. He planned to throw hot cleaning fluid on the Congressman and other individuals scheduled to visit the prison, then stab and kill as many of them as possible with a broken broom handle. Gregory read a statement to the judge expressing his disappointment in not being able to proceed with that plan because he was quarantined due to a chickenpox outbreak in the prison at the time of the visit.

During the May 16, 2008 sentencing, Gregory threatened the judge, saying, "I hunger for revenge" and that he will find someone else "to carry out what I am unable to do. I will inflict a wound on you and on the nation… retribution will be swift." Gregory said he regretted that he "will not be able to [urinate] on your grave next to Alan Berg."

Alan Berg was a Jewish radio talk show host in Denver who was murdered in 1984 by members of the white supremacist terrorist organization The Order. The Order carried out armed robberies, assassinations and other crimes in an effort to overthrow the government and create a white homeland. The group collapsed in the mid-1980s after all of its members were either incarcerated or killed. Gregory has claimed to be a member, but never was.

The judge sentenced Gregory to serve the 20 years consecutively to two other 20-year prison terms he is currently serving for bank robberies in Utah and Montana.

In August 2007, a U.S. district judge in Utah sentenced Gregory to 20 years in prison for robbing a Salt Lake City bank in May 2005. That sentence was ordered to run consecutively with a 20-year sentence already imposed in November 2005 by a federal judge in Montana for robbing a Missoula bank, also in May 2005, with a fake handgun and a fake bomb he threatened to detonate.

Gregory claims that he renounced his U.S. citizenship in the 1970s "and swore allegiance to the Aryan Nation."