Fond Du Man Convicted Of Hate Crime Homicide Committed To Life In Institutional Care

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac man convicted of killing a motorcyclist as a hate crime was committed Thursday to life in institutional care. A jury found Daniel Navarro guilty of First-Degree Intentional Homicide with a Hate Crime enhancer Wednesday.

Navarro admitted to intentionally targeting the motorcycle driven by 55-year-old Phillip Thiessen of Fond du Lac in July of 2020. The 29-year-old told investigators he believed Thiessen would be white and racist. Two doctors who testified at trial said the defendant experienced paranoid delusions from schizophrenia and was not guilty due to a mental defect.

State prosecutors say Navarro will spend the rest of his life in the care of the county’s Department of Health Services. They add that this was a horrific act of violence born out of hate and a mental illness. Prosecutors say Navarro intentionally took Thiessen’s life because he was white and riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle.