Late last month, Paul Beebe, 26, William Hatch, 28 and Jesse Anderson, 24, allegedly lured the 22-year-old victim to an apartment where they used a wire hanger to burn a swastika into his arm. They also shaved another swastika into his hair and drew hate images on his body, according to this KRQE story from Amanda Goodman:
Beebe, Hatch and Sanford have all been charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. Beebe is also charged with tampering with evidence.
Weaver said if the three men are convicted and the hate-crime enhancement is imposed it would be the first time ever in San Juan County a hate-crime enhancement was handed out. “It will be landmark,” she said.
The enhancement is left up to the discretion of the judge and jury and would mean an extra year in prison for the defendants.
Although hate crimes can be difficult to prove, the DA’s office believes there’s enough evidence in this case to support the finding.
All three suspects were arraigned Monday and are being held on $150,000 cash bonds.