Alton Nolen to finally be sentenced for racially motivated beheading of co-worker

In September of 2014, Alton Nolen beheaded a woman and seriously injured a second at the Vaughan Foods food processing plant in Moore, OK. Nolen was an employee at the plant.

Nolen had been suspended from his job because he aggressively bullied co-workers and said he hated white people. Coworkers say he bragged that he “beat Caucasians.” After being suspended, he came back to the plant with a knife and beheaded Colleen Hufford, a 54-year-old white female. He also stabbed and nearly killed Traci Johnson, a 43-year-old white female.

Johnson was one of the people who had submitted a complaint about Nolen hating white people.

Nolen is a black Muslim who also used the aliases Jah’Keem Yisrael, and Muhammed. He attended a local mosque. The fact that he beheaded Hufford may have been inspired by ISIS videos. In 2010 Nolen was sentenced to five years in prison for assault and battery of a police officer. He only severed about two years.

Since the brutal murder, there has been a huge legal battle over Nolen’s competency.

In October of 2015, a judge ruled that Nolen was competent to stand trial. Nolen said he wanted to plead guilty.

In August of 2016, a different judge ruled that Nolen was not competent enough to enter a guilty plea. Now, six months later, that same judge has ruled that Nolen is competent enough to plead guilty. If he does not change his plea, then he could be sentenced next week.