NV woman pleads guilty to role in skinhead slaying

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Updated: 5/26 6:24 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the 1998 slaying of two skinhead group members who advocated racial tolerance.

Melissa Hack pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to murder on Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

The 39-year-old Hack, her brother Ross Hack and Leland Jones were identified as white supremacists when they were indicted in 2012 in the slayings of Daniel Shersty, who was white, and Lin Newborn, who was black.

Federal prosecutors say Melissa Hack helped lure Shersty and Newborn to a remote desert site north of Las Vegas where they were shot.

Her ex-boyfriend, John "Polar Bear" Butler, is a neo-Nazi who was convicted in a state court in the case.

Her brother and Jones are scheduled to go to trial Aug. 12.

She awaits sentencing Sept. 8.

 

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