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Man jailed for rally riots, torch march attends university

Cole Evan White joined torch-carrying white supremacists on a march through the University of Virginia’s campus and attacked anti-racism protesters the next day. Within a matter of days, he enrolled at a university in California.

White, 26, continued his studies at San Francisco State University after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to riot on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was jailed for more than seven months between his October 2018 arrest and his release on $10,000 bond in May 2019.

Now he’s facing a possible prison term. A federal judge is scheduled to sentence White on Friday for his role in the violence that reverberated far from the Virginia college town.


San Francisco State University spokesman Kent Bravo said the admissions process for it and other schools in the California State University system does not ask applicants about their criminal background. The university learned of White’s arrest and guilty plea when an Associated Press reporter inquired about his status this week, according to Bravo.

Bravo said White is currently a part-time student who first enrolled in the fall 2017 semester, which started less than a month after White joined members of a now-defunct white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement in attacking counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

“San Francisco State University unequivocally condemns white supremacy,” Bravo said in a statement Monday. “We send our compassion and concern to those affected by the events of that tragic weekend, specifically the victims and families of those who were targeted by individuals motivated by hate.”

White is one of four Rise Above Movement members or associates who pleaded guilty to charges that they punched, kicked, choked and head-butted counterprotesters at the August 2017 rally. White’s three co-defendants already have been sentenced to between two and three years in prison.

The violence in Charlottesville culminated with an avowed neo-Nazi, James Fields, deliberately plowing his car into a crowd, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer.

White acknowledged that he also joined members of the now-defunct Rise Above Movement at an April 2017 political rally on the streets of downtown Berkeley, California, where he punched protesters in the head.

White pleaded guilty in November 2018 to a riot conspiracy charge punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. He has asked U.S. District Judge Norman Moon to spare him from any more time behind bars.

San Francisco State had an enrollment of 28,880 students for the fall 2019 semester. White, a California native, has a 3.3 grade point average at San Francisco State and made the school’s Dean’s List for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, according to defense attorney Michael Hemenway.

White also has worked for his father’s sprinkler repair company in Clayton, California, since his release from custody. White’s attorney said the San Francisco area resident has fully complied with terms of his release, including home electronic monitoring, while waiting to be sentenced.

White’s lawyer cited the risk of COVID-19 infection in prisons as a reason to spare

Man Jailed for Rally Riots, Torch March Attends University | California News

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Cole Evan White joined torch-carrying white supremacists on a march through the University of Virginia’s campus and attacked anti-racism protesters the next day. Within a matter of days, he enrolled at a university in California.

White, 26, continued his studies at San Francisco State University after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to riot on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was jailed for more than seven months between his October 2018 arrest and his release on $10,000 bond in May 2019.

Now he’s facing a possible prison term. A federal judge is scheduled to sentence White on Friday for his role in the violence that reverberated far from the Virginia college town.

San Francisco State University spokesman Kent Bravo said the admissions process for it and other schools in the California State University system does not ask applicants about their criminal background. The university learned of White’s arrest and guilty plea when an Associated Press reporter inquired about his status this week, according to Bravo.

Bravo said White is currently a part-time student who first enrolled in the fall 2017 semester, which started less than a month after White joined members of a now-defunct white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement in attacking counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

“San Francisco State University unequivocally condemns white supremacy,” Bravo said in a statement Monday. “We send our compassion and concern to those affected by the events of that tragic weekend, specifically the victims and families of those who were targeted by individuals motivated by hate.”

White is one of four Rise Above Movement members or associates who pleaded guilty to charges that they punched, kicked, choked and head-butted counterprotesters at the August 2017 rally. White’s three co-defendants already have been sentenced to between two and three years in prison.

The violence in Charlottesville culminated with an avowed neo-Nazi, James Fields, deliberately plowing his car into a crowd, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer.

White acknowledged that he also joined members of the now-defunct Rise Above Movement at an April 2017 political rally on the streets of downtown Berkeley, California, where he punched protesters in the head.

White pleaded guilty in November 2018 to a riot conspiracy charge punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. He has asked U.S. District Judge Norman Moon to spare him from any more time behind bars.

San Francisco State had an enrollment of 28,880 students for the fall 2019 semester. White, a California native, has a 3.3 grade point average at San Francisco State and made the school’s Dean’s List for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, according to defense attorney Michael Hemenway.

White also has worked for his father’s sprinkler repair company in Clayton, California, since his release from custody. White’s attorney said the San Francisco area resident has fully complied with terms of his release, including home electronic monitoring, while waiting to be sentenced.

White’s lawyer cited the risk of COVID-19 infection in prisons

Homicide team investigating death of man after altercation on Trinity Western University campus

B.C.’s largest homicide unit is investigating the death of a 31-year-old man who was found unresponsive on the campus of Trinity Western University in Langley.

The man was involved in an altercation with campus security on Sept. 30, according to a release from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

The release says Langley RCMP officers were called to Trinity Western University just before 3 p.m. for a report of an agitated man on campus. When police arrived, the man was found unresponsive and taken to hospital.

IHIT took over the investigation several days after the incident. 

“Investigators believe this was an isolated incident, not related to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict and that there are no ongoing public safety concerns,” said Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT in the written release.  “This investigation is in its early stages, however there are no further updates at this time.” 

The homicide team is also working with the Langley RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroners Service to gather evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Man pleads guilty to murdering University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck

Oct. 8 (UPI) — A Salt Lake City man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 23-year-old student last year after they met on a dating website.

Ayoola Ajayi, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated murder and desecration of a human body for the death of MacKenzie Lueck.

Under the terms of the deal, a judge is expected to sentence Ajayi on Oct. 23 to life in prison with no possibility of parole. He avoided the death penalty as part of the agreement.

Defense attorney Neal Hamilton said Ajayi killed Lueck, a University of Utah student, after they met June 17, 2019. Lueck had just returned from her grandmother’s funeral and took a Lyft ride from the Salt Lake City airport to Hatch Park to meet with Ajayi.

Hamilton said Ajayi planned to kill Lueck before they met.

The two traveled to Ajayi’s home, where he tied up Lueck and strangled her until she stopped moving. Officials said she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Hamilton said his client then burned Lueck and her belongings in his backyard and buried the remains. After police visited Ajayi at his home to question him about Lueck’s disappearance, he then dug up her remains and reburied her in a shallow grave at Logan Canton.

After his arrest a week later, Ajayi told police where her body was buried.

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Utah man to spend life in prison in slaying of college student Mackenzie Lueck

Mackenzie Lueck’s charred remains were found in a shallow grave in Utah.

A Utah man will spend life in prison as part of his guilty plea in the killing of college student Mackenzie Lueck, whose charred body was left in a shallow grave, prosecutors said.

Ayoola Ajayi on Wednesday pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and desecration of a human body in connection to Lueck’s June 2019 slaying.

Lueck, a 23-year-old kinesiology major at the University of Utah, met Ajayi on a “sugar daddy” dating website called Seeking Arrangement, according to Ajayi’s lawyer.

Lueck had been missing for nearly two weeks by the time Ajayi was arrested.

“Ayoola Ajayi also pled guilty to Forcible Sex Abuse in a separate case,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said in a statement on Wednesday. “Part of the Plea Agreement is that Ayoola Ajayi will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole.”

“The entry of the pleas today starts the process of bringing some closure and a measure of justice to the Lueck family,” Gill added.

In June 2019, after connecting on the “sugar daddy” site, Ajayi and Lueck met at a park. They then went to Ajayi’s Salt Lake City home where he killed her and buried her in his yard, Ajayi’s lawyer Neal Hamilton said, according to The Associated Press.

After police came to question Ajayi, he moved her body to Logan Canyon, over 80 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Lueck’s charred remains were recovered in July 2019 in a shallow grave in Logan Canyon. Her arms were bound behind her back by a zip tie and rope, prosecutors said.

No motive was released, prosecutors said.

Ajayi will be formally sentenced on Oct. 23, prosecutors said. His attorney could not immediately be reached by ABC News for comment.

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Man pleads guilty to aggravated murder of University of Utah student in exchange for life sentence

The man charged with killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and desecration of a human body Wednesday, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.



a close up of a woman: Mackenzie Lueck died of blunt force trauma, according to a medical examiner.


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Mackenzie Lueck died of blunt force trauma, according to a medical examiner.

The plea deal takes the death penalty off the table, Gill said.

“Part of the plea agreement is that Ayoola Ajayi will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole,” Gill said.

Lueck was last seen on June 17, 2019. Her body was found tied up in a canyon with a hole in the side of her head. Lueck died of blunt force trauma to the skull, the medical examiner said.

Prosecutors say photos of Lueck were found on Ajayi’s phone, although he claimed not to know her. Police found burned items in his backyard believed to be Lueck’s.

Ajayi also pleaded guilty to a charge of Forcible Sex Abuse in a separate case, Gill said.

CNN has reached out to an attorney for Ajayi for comment.

Final sentencing is scheduled for October 23.

Lueck’s parents were informed of the plea deal.

“The entry of the pleas today starts the process of bringing some closure and a measure of justice to the Lueck family,” said Gill.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct that Ayoola Ajayi pleaded guilty to a charge in a separate case.

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