FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – The Supreme Court has refused to review the conviction of a man who branded a swastika on a man with mental disabilities.
William Hatch was among the first people charged under a 2009 hate crimes law involving mental disabilities or sexual orientation.
Hatch and two other men lured Vincent Kee from a McDonald’s in Farmington to an apartment where they used a metal coat hanger to burn the swastika onto Kee’s arm. They also shaved the symbol into his head.
Hatch pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a federal hate crime.
He served his time, then was sent back to prison for a few more months for violating his probation by drinking and driving.