Idaho State Correctional Institution

Inmates pass through the yard at the Idaho State Correctional Institution on June 26, 2018.

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An Idaho State Correctional Institution inmate dubbed the leader of the Rainbow Warriors gang claims the gang fights the Aryan Knights to protect themselves, according to an opinion article published on Sept. 6 in the The Marshal Project.

Fifty-six-year-old Dennis Mintun, an inmate serving a 45-year sentence for three convictions of child sexual abuse, wrote in the article that the Aryan Nation gang targeted gays and sex offenders by having new initiates beat them up.

Mintun believed his friend Peter Curtright was targeted and killed in 2007 on the belief he was a sex offender, though he wasn’t convicted, and he wanted to do something to make sure that never happened again.

Mintun wrote that following Curtright’s death he, with the help of friends, gathered gay and transgender inmates to form a gang of their own, which had rules such as “never walk anywhere by yourself.”

The group teamed up to “counter the Aryan’s program of jumping in recruits by beating up gays and sex offenders.”

Pretty soon, Mintun wrote, the group was known as the Rainbow Warriors.

The Idaho Department of Correction confirmed a group named itself the Rainbow Warriors but the group was never classified as a security threat because it didn’t fit the department’s criteria.

Inmate Dennis Matthew Britain assaulted Curtright on Aug. 1, 2007, in a locker room at the prison’s gym, according to IDOC. IDOC investigators believe that Britain assaulted Curtright to gain acceptance of a prison gang, however the department did not specify which gang. IDOC said it doesn’t believe Britain intended to kill Curtright.

Curtright suffered a fatal head injury when he fell and hit his head after Britain struck him. Britain was sentenced in 2008 to six years for involuntary manslaughter, IDOC wrote in an email statement. Prior to the charge, Britain, now 31, was serving time for a forgery charge, according to the Idaho repository. He is now in custody of IDOC for two convictions of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking.

IDOC told the Idaho Press records do not list Curtright as a sex offender. According to Idaho online court records, Curtright was charged with crimes in Ada County and Twin Falls County for charges including aggravated battery, aggravated assault and assault or battery upon an officer.

Emily Lowe is the Canyon County public safety reporter. Follow @EmLoweJourno on Twitter

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