Supreme Court won’t review conviction

Supreme Court won't review conviction

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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