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Racist Skinhead Sentenced to Life for Oregon Home-Invasion Killing

By Bill Morlin on March 13, 2013 - 3:29 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, White Supremacist

A member of a racist skinhead gang has been sentenced to life in prison after confessing to his involvement in a 2012 murder carried out during a home-invasion robbery in Oregon.

Robert Paul Smith, 35, pleaded guilty Friday in Eugene, Ore., to aggravated murder, robbery, burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm – charges stemming from January 2012 invasion robbery at the Cottage Grove, Ore., home of 48-year-old Terry Fruichantie, who was fatally shot.

Prosecutor Erik Hasselman told the Eugene Register-Guard that Smith was a member of the WAR Skins. The group is believed to be an offshoot of the White Aryan Resistance, or WAR, founded by notorious former Klan leader and neo-Nazi Tom Metzger in the mid-1980s as the skinhead movement was catching fire in the U.S. WAR was bankrupted in 1990 by a $12.5 million verdict in a lawsuit brought by a Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of the family of an Ethiopian student murdered by skinheads in Portland.

Smith was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, part of a plea deal that took a potential death sentence off the table, the Eugene newspaper reported.

Smith and his accomplice, Kenneth Robert Lee, 47, targeted Fruichantie because they believed marijuana was being grown in the home and thought there would be cash there, the prosecutor said. But when the armed, mask-wearing robbers broke into the home, Fruichantie told them he didn’t have any money, as he and three women were caring for his 78-year-old father. Not believing him, Smith pistol-whipped Fruichantie, knocking him to the ground before fatally shooting him in front of his father.

Smith also pleaded guilty to six other first-degree robbery charges in connection with two armed holdups of a mushroom-­buying business in 2011. He was sentenced to 22½ years on those convictions.

Lee, who wasn’t charged with murder, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty last October to charges related to the home-invasion robbery.

  • atrueskinhead

    Listen people this no such thing is a “Racist skinhead” this are bone heads… hate & hate nothing but misery and pain..cheers!

  • Lone Wolf

    It appears that Skinheads are looking for an easy way to earn a living and no interest in a meaningful career that benefits their community. Their pseudo-ideological mask is used to rationalize their criminal inclinations. Perhaps if they pursued meaningful employment and anger/rage management classes, psychologically, they would be better equipped to handle the every day challenges of life i.e. feeding, clothing, and sheltering their families. It looks like a good Neo-Nazi Skinhead would have to be trained and schooled at the Sociopath Academy. Tragically, the courses are offered on-line but involve independent study and community application of lessons learned.

  • concernedcitizen

    @Lexicon, that is a very interesting interpretation of their intent.

  • Lexicon

    ++ Agree with La Femme Voltaire.

    Skinheads want to fight gun control so they can kill the police and terrorize the neighborhood in order to feed drug habits. That’s the Nazi revolution!

  • concernedcitizen

    @reynardine: Wonderful response to Edward and I especially like the one to Georgia about being half a century too late!

    We see here the importance of learning proper research skills in order to share updated and pertinent information to build a solid argument.

  • Reynardine

    That’s true criminally, Erika, but if bias and other flaws of, say, judicial temperament influenced his decision, in most states the JQC can act on properly documented complaints and, where warranted, remove him.

  • Erika

    sam, no. judicial immunity is ironclad unless bribery was involved.

    Georgia citizen, quit making my native state look bad. now i am against the state killing people under any circumstances, but if the state is going to carry out the barbaric practice of killing people they should do it fairly without regard for the race of the victim and the color of the perpetrator (they don’t but i kind of suspect that your objection is to the 2 or 3 cases where white people have been executed for killing blacks and not to the thousands of cases – including thousands of “extra judicial” killings known as lynchings or where police where just shoot someone and plant a gun on them – where black people have been executed for pretty much anything that the white male dominated power structure didn’t like.

  • le femme voltaire

    The link is there, sorry: if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, then it is a duck. Skinheads to the best of my knowledge are National Socialist in philosophy and practice, and this glorifies violence and struggle. Most of all, however, is that many White Power Movement related groups are tied to the prisions. these perpetrators were social deviants looking for narcotics. Please remember, that the “Little Corporal” Hitler before he ascended to power recruited the sociopaths of society from the jails to form the Brown

  • Reynardine

    Well, I know, Georgia Brain Omelette, that you think white people should have immunity for that stuff, but you’re kind of half a century too late.

  • CM

    Edward said,
    on March 13th, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    So what? The SPLC is publishing this story only because it supports their narrative. I could just as easily find a story that supports the opposite narrative. … the SPLC isn’t publishing anything about this story. It doesn’t ‘fit’ their narrative.”

    ZERO strikes again:

    Eugene said,
    on December 5th, 2012 at 10:55 am
    You are using a rhetorical tactic. You attempt to to link a particular crime to an ideology in this story. There is no linkage. You screen out all crimes in America, and publish only those stories that match your worldview. Then you write the story in a manner that matches social frame of reference. Your tactic is laughable.
    Other blogs do the same thing. The Council of Conservative Citizens routinely posts stories of white people being attacked by black criminals. So they are doing the same thing as yourself! They publish stories that match their worldview.

    Ezra_mead said,
    on September 26th, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    This is stupid. The SPLC only publishes stories that match their worldview. Stories of the most extreme individuals. Then they try to link the story with their political opposition to create a false association.
    I could just as easily create a blog and print only stories that match my worldview. Then try to link my political opponents with the story to try to create a false association & paint them all as extremists.
    This is propaganda. Most people can see through it easily.

    Jason Smith said,
    on May 7th, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    This is another story designed to link anyone who is a conservative with extremists. 18% of French voters voted for Le Pen. Does that mean that 18% of French are ‘violent skinheads’ or ‘Nazi extremists’? I think not. I could do the same thing. I could start a blog where I write only about stories that match my worldview, screen out the most extreme examples, and try to link them with anyone who is a liberal.

  • Georgia Citizen

    Wow!!! It’s amazing that a white person can be put to death for killing a minority. We have come a long way ladies and gentlemen. Way to go!

  • Gregory

    It looks like the Resurrection Committee has added Edward to their collection of sock puppets, as in JasonAnnieEzraEugeneEdward.

  • Reynardine

    Wasn’t long before someone like Edward showed up, was it? You had to go back to 2002 and say, Yeah, but what about this? What about this is that you adduced some extremely stale news about what appears to have been an individual crime. Come back when you have something relevant.

  • Edward

    So what? The SPLC is publishing this story only because it supports their narrative. I could just as easily find a story that supports the opposite narrative.

    There is a black guy who tried to kill a bunch of white people in New York. Steven Johnson — burst into Bar Veloce on Second Avenue just before closing time on a June night in 2002, dousing everyone with kerosene and shouting, “White people are going to burn tonight!”

    But the SPLC isn’t publishing anything about this story. It doesn’t ‘fit’ their narrative:

  • adamhill

    “Smith pistol-whipped Fruichantie, knocking him to the ground before fatally shooting him in front of his father.”

    Yet another Aryan demonstrating his moral superiority.

  • concernedcitizen

    Killed the man in front of his father, this is an unconscionable act of violence.

  • Sam Molloy

    Can the SPLC go after the last judge that turned this animal loose on our public?