Utah Man Convicted on Hate Crimes Charges for Attacking Three Men with a Metal Pole
A federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, found defendant Alan Covington guilty on three hate crimes charges. The Utah man is charged with attacking three men with a metal pole because he believed the men were Mexican.
Evidence presented at trial established that on November 27, 2018, Covington entered a tire store and shouted at employees there that he wanted to “kill Mexicans.” Then he struck one of the employees in the head with a metal pole that resulted in a serious head injury. After the father of the victim rushed to help his son, Covington struck the father in the back with the metal pole. Covington also attempted to injure a third man who intervened.
A sentencing date has not been set yet. Covington faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/utah-man-convicted-hate-crime-charges-after-attacking-three-men-metal-pole