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White supremacist Buford Furrow says he has renounced his views, newspaper reports

September 6, 2009 | 12:32 pm

A white supremacist who killed a Filipino American postal worker and wounded five people at a Jewish community center during a 1999 shooting spree wrote in a letter that he has renounced his views, a Los Angeles newspaper reported today.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Buford O. Furrow Jr., who is serving a life sentence in a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., sent a letter to reporter Kevin Modesti, who had requested an interview.

The letter, dated Aug. 19, stated remorse for the pain Furrow had caused.

“Those people I hurt, and the man I killed that day in 1999 will probably never forgive me,” Furrow, 47, wrote, “but I am truely [sic] sorry and deeply regret the pain I caused. My mind was filled with sickness and unfortunately I acted on it. But, I am now a ‘model’ inmate who has shunned criminal activity and spend my day with exercise, art, and learning prison civil law. I can't change the past, but I can damn sure change the future, and my future will never include Neo-Nazi activity again.”

On Aug. 10, 1999, Furrow shot and killed 39-year-old Joseph Ileto, an on-duty postal worker in Chatsworth, an hour after Furrow had fired shots in Granada Hills’ North Valley Jewish Community Center and wounded four children and a 68-year-old woman.

Furrow pleaded guilty in 2001 to avoid the death penalty. He was sent to prison for life without parole.

“I feel deep remorse for my crime,” Furrow said in the letter. “About 5 yrs. ago I threw away my racist books, literature, etc. and took up a new leaf. I now publicly renounce all bias toward anyone based on race, creed, color, sexual orientation, etc. and am a much happier person. I feel a life based on hate is no life at all.”

The Daily News reported that the letter was apparently written after prison officials rejected the newspaper's request to interview Furrow.

-- Corina Knoll