Curtis Allgier

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Curtis Allgier
CurtisAllgier.jpg
Mug shot of Curtis Allgier
Born(1979-08-25) August 25, 1979 (age 34)
Custer, South Dakota, USA
Other names“Wood” [1]
Criminal charge
Murder
Criminal status
Incarcerated in Utah State Prison[2]
 
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Curtis Allgier
CurtisAllgier.jpg
Mug shot of Curtis Allgier
Born(1979-08-25) August 25, 1979 (age 34)
Custer, South Dakota, USA
Other names“Wood” [1]
Criminal charge
Murder
Criminal status
Incarcerated in Utah State Prison[2]

Curtis Michael Allgier (born August 25, 1979)[3] is a white supremacist[4] skinhead who is being held in the Utah State Prison[2] in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the murder[5] of corrections officer Stephen Anderson.

Prior arrests and convictions[edit]

Allgier's criminal record begins in 1998 with convictions for theft and reckless driving in South Dakota. He was charged with felony burglary, forgery and theft in Utah during October 2000, after he burglarized a neighbor's apartment and made out a stolen check to himself for $300. That month, he was also charged in another county with carrying a concealed handgun and sentenced to 180 days and probation.[6]

Allgier fled Utah in August 2001, which led to a one-to-15-year sentence. Paroled in May 2003, he then was arrested and sent back to prison in July 2004 for traveling to California without authorization, and possessing two knives. He was paroled in October 2006, serving another 27 months in prison. Then in November, he became a fugitive on a parole violation for two days before a Salt Lake City SWAT team arrested him at a local hotel. Allgier, armed, barricaded himself for a time inside a room but was captured after falling through the hotel's ceiling, where he had tried to hide. On June 14, 2007, he was sentenced to 104 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. It was during the course of this incarceration that the 2007 Salt Lake City murder occurred.[6]

Murder[edit]

On the morning of June 25, 2007, Anderson escorted Allgier to the University of Utah, where Allgier was scheduled for an MRI, because he had been complaining of back problems.[7] While waiting with Anderson in an examination room at the university's orthopedic center, Allgier was unshackled. He then overpowered and disarmed Anderson and shot him in the head, although Allgier later stated that the gun went off accidentally during the struggle.[8] After fleeing the clinic on foot, Allgier carjacked a Ford Explorer,[9] and led police on a high-speed chase.[10] Allgier was captured at an Arby's restaurant a few miles away, where he tried to shoot an employee but the gun malfunctioned.[11][12] Eric Fullerton, a former Army paratrooper, tackled and held him until the police arrived.[13]

Trial[edit]

Allgier's murder trial was initially set for June 2012. In March 2012, the judge granted a motion postponing the trial.[14]

On October 3, 2012, Allgier unexpectedly pleaded guilty to murder and several other charges, and also pleaded no contest to three charges of attempted murder. He is expected to avoid the death penalty and be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.[15]

Tattoos[edit]

Allgier is noted for numerous tattoos expressing his white supremecist beliefs. His ex-wife, Jolene, claimed that he had the “courage to put his beliefs on his entire body.” The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Allgier's face as the "Face of Hate". The meanings of each of these tattoos are explained as:

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