A 70-year-old Hurricane man is facing criminal charges for hate crimes in state and federal court for allegedly writing threatening letters to neighbors in a housing complex after an African-American male moved in with his sister and her husband.
Robert Keller was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City with a misdemeanor violation of the Fair Housing Act. Keller also faces a state misdemeanor charge of harassment in state court in Washington County.
Keller in December allegedly wrote two threatening notes to the interracial family that was living in Quail Lake Estates in Hurricane after the brother of the woman involved moved in with them. One handwritten note left at the complex's clubhouse used the n-word, though it was misspelled.