Erica Herrera, of Sacramento, California, is just days away from her wedding, but many are curious about her choice in a groom.
The half Hawaiian and half Hispanic bride-to-be is set marry Curtis Allgier’s at the Utah State Prison in Draper.
Allgier is currently in prison accused of shooting prison guard Stephen Anderson in 2007 while he was escorting a shackled Allgier. He is also said to have ties to white supremacists, and his body is covered in tattoos, including a number of swastikas on his face and the words “SKIN HEAD” across his forehead.
Despite the fact that he’s in prison for murder, and despite his ties to the racist regime, Herrera, 31, says Allgier is “a very sweet, loving…really kind-hearted, good person.” She went on to tell local KTVX-TV that his ties to white supremacy do not reflect what he really believes.
“That’s obviously not what he is if he’s marrying someone that is of a different background than he is.”
The two began communicating before the 2007 shooting, and Herrera says she believes Allgier is innocent. However, she did say that if he is convicted, she will either divorce him or get an annulment.
The couple will exchange vows on August 8th, through a glass wall at the prison.
They will not be able to consummate the marriage however, but they have requested that Allgier be transferred to a state where conjugal visits are allowed.
If convicted, Allgier faces the death penalty.
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