Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

2 inmates guilty of stomping fellow inmate to death in racially-motivated murder

See also

Two federal prison inmates stomped on a fellow inmate’s head and neck until he died in what prosecutors are calling a racially-motivated crime.

Prosecutors said the men killed the victim because he refused to protest the fact that he had a black cell mate.

A federal district court jury found Mr. Donald R. LaFond, Jr., 53, of New Bedford, Mass. and Mr. Jason Robert Widdison, 35, of Morgan, Utah, guilty of second-degree murder, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

“The fact that this particular homicide was motivated by racial animus makes these defendants’ actions all the more reprehensible,” United States Attorney Mrs. Sally Quillian Yates said.

Prosecutors said On March 1, 2011, Mr. LaFond and Mr. Widdison, both members of white supremacist prison gangs, were exercising inside the special housing unit recreation area of the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta when the attack happened.

The victim, a white inmate who was not a gang member, joined the defendants in the area. He attempted to make conversation and walk around with them, according to court reports.

It’s unclear what he said.

“After a short period of time, LaFond and Widdison suddenly began to punch the victim from both front and behind, knocking the victim to the ground,” according to court records.

“Both LaFond and Widdison then stomped on the victim’s head and neck, as many as ten times each.”

A correction officer witnessed the incident and intervened. Both men complied with the officers’ orders to stop beating the victim, but by then, the victim was unconscious.

The victim was taken to a hospital but never regained consciousness. As a result of his injuries, the victim died on April 5, 2011.

It was revealed in trial that in the weeks leading up to the assault, Mr. LaFond and Mr. Widdison expressed anger towards the victim because the victim refused to protest the fact that he had a black cellmate.

The defendants pressured the victim to take any steps necessary to be reassigned to another cell.

Further evidence showed that the victim refused to comply with the defendants’ demands and that the defendants regarded this refusal as a violation of their gang code.

Receive daily news stories and stay current by clicking on the subscribe button at the top of the article and get automatic updates via email each time a new article is published. You may also get quick updates on articles as well as read more local news stories at:



  •  Day 17
    Israel continues their ravaging bombardment on Gaza as the conflict wages on
  • MH17 victims arrive home
    40 bodies of the MH17 plane crash return to a somber homecoming in Holland
    Top News
  • Military advisers to Ukraine
    President Obama announces the deployment of military advisers to Ukraine
  • Bubonic plague in China
    A bubonic plague outbreak in Yumen prompts China to quarantine the city
    World News
  • Air Algierie disappearance
    A flight headed from Burkina Faso to Algeria disappears from radar over Mali
  • Windows Phone training portal
    Microsoft launches Windows Phone training portal in attempt to woo consumers