A jury in Yolo County has convicted Michael Rose, a 28-year-old racist skinhead, of numerous gang-related felonies stemming from a 2005 assault.
Rose was convicted on March 14, 2008, of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon, two counts of false imprisonment, and burglary. He faces sentencing enhancements on all of these charges because the District Attorney's Office established that the crimes were committed in furtherance of a neo-Nazi racist skinhead gang
The assault stemmed from a long-standing grudge held by Rose and his friend and fellow racist skinhead Christopher Vochatzer. Approximately 10 years prior to the incident, Rose and Vochatzer saw the victim, a 26-year-old Davis man, wearing a T-shirt from the band the "Dead Kennedys" with the image of a crossed-out swastika.
According to authorities, in retaliation for the victim wearing this image, Rose and Vochatzer went to the man's apartment on April 4, 2005, where they found the victim and two of his friends. Vochatzer beat the man with a baseball bat while Rose used a metal pipe to prevent the victim's friends from coming to his aid.
Following the incident Rose fled and evaded capture until his arrest in Butte, Montana, on February 15, 2007. He faces up to 31 years in prison when sentenced.
In 2006 Vochatzer was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies and sentenced to 28 years in state prison.