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December 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
A white supremacist whose murder trial ended with a hung jury avoided a second trial and a possible death sentence by pleading guilty Monday in the slaying of an African immigrant. Nathan Thill, 21, entered the plea to a first-degree murder charge before Denver District Judge Jeffrey Bayless, who sentenced him to life without parole for the death of Oumar Dia. Dia, a 38-year-old hotel employee, was shot along with a bystander at a downtown bus stop on Nov. 18, 1997.
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December 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
A white supremacist whose murder trial ended with a hung jury avoided a second trial and a possible death sentence by pleading guilty Monday in the slaying of an African immigrant. Nathan Thill, 21, entered the plea to a first-degree murder charge before Denver District Judge Jeffrey Bayless, who sentenced him to life without parole for the death of Oumar Dia. Dia, a 38-year-old hotel employee, was shot along with a bystander at a downtown bus stop on Nov. 18, 1997.
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November 27, 1997 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This was to be the year that Denver arrived. Thanks to an economic boom and downtown revitalization, it seemed that this city had clawed its way out of tortuous boom-and-bust cycles. It no longer relied strictly on oil and mineral development and real estate, and had become a base for high-tech communications industries. The city had basked in the nation's eye as it hosted 1997 Summit of Eight international economic conference, as well as the Oklahoma City bombing trials.
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December 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Jurors in Pueblo, Colo., deadlocked on the most serious charge against an avowed white supremacist who police said killed a West African immigrant at a bus stop because the man was black. Judge Jeffrey Bayless declared a mistrial after jurors told him they could not agree on whether Nathan Thill, 21, was guilty of first- or second-degree murder in the slaying of Oumar Dia. A new trial was tentatively set for February. Bayless did accept verdicts on three lesser charges.
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December 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Jurors in Pueblo, Colo., deadlocked on the most serious charge against an avowed white supremacist who police said killed a West African immigrant at a bus stop because the man was black. Judge Jeffrey Bayless declared a mistrial after jurors told him they could not agree on whether Nathan Thill, 21, was guilty of first- or second-degree murder in the slaying of Oumar Dia. A new trial was tentatively set for February. Bayless did accept verdicts on three lesser charges.
NEWS
November 29, 1997 | From Associated Press
A black woman attacked at a convenience store said her assailants told her they were skinheads and used a racial slur before beating her in the latest in a string of apparent race-based crimes in Colorado. Shomie Francis, 26, of Aurora told police she was jumped by six people as she was getting food at a 7-Eleven about 2 a.m. Thursday. Paramedics called to the store treated her for cuts and wounds to her face.
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August 18, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Officials were investigating on Tuesday who etched four swastikas at Columbine High School the day students returned to classes for the first time since a shooting massacre four months ago. Two swastikas were drawn in a girls' restroom outside the counseling office, one was found in a boys' restroom and another was etched on a retaining wall at the school's entrance. They have since been erased.
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November 22, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Hundreds of people on Friday attended the funeral of an African immigrant gunned down by a skinhead at a downtown bus stop because he was black. "It's intolerable that something like that happens. It's disgusting to me personally that it happened in our city," Denver Mayor Wellington Webb said after Oumar Dia's funeral at an area mosque.
NEWS
October 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A gay college student was clinging to life as residents condemned his brutal beating but defended Wyoming as a safe, fair-minded place to live. Matthew Shepard was found savagely pistol-whipped and tied to a fence outside Laramie, Wyo., last week. Police have said robbery was the main motive, but the two men accused in the bludgeoning also targeted Shepard because he flirted with one of them at a bar, the Denver Post reported. Shepard, 22, was unconscious at a Fort Collins, Colo.
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August 18, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Officials were investigating on Tuesday who etched four swastikas at Columbine High School the day students returned to classes for the first time since a shooting massacre four months ago. Two swastikas were drawn in a girls' restroom outside the counseling office, one was found in a boys' restroom and another was etched on a retaining wall at the school's entrance. They have since been erased.
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October 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A gay college student was clinging to life as residents condemned his brutal beating but defended Wyoming as a safe, fair-minded place to live. Matthew Shepard was found savagely pistol-whipped and tied to a fence outside Laramie, Wyo., last week. Police have said robbery was the main motive, but the two men accused in the bludgeoning also targeted Shepard because he flirted with one of them at a bar, the Denver Post reported. Shepard, 22, was unconscious at a Fort Collins, Colo.
NEWS
November 29, 1997 | From Associated Press
A black woman attacked at a convenience store said her assailants told her they were skinheads and used a racial slur before beating her in the latest in a string of apparent race-based crimes in Colorado. Shomie Francis, 26, of Aurora told police she was jumped by six people as she was getting food at a 7-Eleven about 2 a.m. Thursday. Paramedics called to the store treated her for cuts and wounds to her face.
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November 27, 1997 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This was to be the year that Denver arrived. Thanks to an economic boom and downtown revitalization, it seemed that this city had clawed its way out of tortuous boom-and-bust cycles. It no longer relied strictly on oil and mineral development and real estate, and had become a base for high-tech communications industries. The city had basked in the nation's eye as it hosted 1997 Summit of Eight international economic conference, as well as the Oklahoma City bombing trials.
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November 22, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Hundreds of people on Friday attended the funeral of an African immigrant gunned down by a skinhead at a downtown bus stop because he was black. "It's intolerable that something like that happens. It's disgusting to me personally that it happened in our city," Denver Mayor Wellington Webb said after Oumar Dia's funeral at an area mosque.
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