Teen-age White Supremacists Sentenced in Black Man’s Slaying
RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Two white supremacist ″skinheads″ who shot a black man at random then laughed as he lay dying have been sentenced to life in prison.
Matthew Faessel, 19, and Michael Stringer, 18, convicted of first-degree murder last October, were sentenced Thursday in the Dec. 10, 1988, slaying of Tony Montgomery.
They received life terms for killing Montgomery and 18 years for conspiracy to commit murder and shooting into an occupied building. District Judge Robert Schouweiler ordered that the sentences be served consecutively. Faessel and Stringer will be eligible for parole in 26 years.
Faessel blamed the killing on alcohol and drug abuse and apologized to Montgomery’s family.
″I hope they feel justice has been served,″ he said.
Angela Stanley testified that she drove Faessel and Stringer around Reno in search of a black person to kill after the two became enraged when a woman at a party attended by other neo-Nazi skinheads said she once had been raped by a black man.
She testified that as she drove past Montgomery, Stringer rolled down a window and Faessel fired the fatal shot from the back seat. She said the two laughed as Montgomery lay dying in the front yard of his sister’s home.
Stanley, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.