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Aug 18, 2010 9:09 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

White supremacist in '84 Denver murder dies

A white supremacist convicted of civil rights violations in the 1984 machine-gun slaying of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg has died in federal prison.

Bruce Pierce, 56, died of natural causes Monday at the Allenwood Federal Correction Complex near Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Pierce was serving a 252-year sentence for a series of robberies and the death of Berg.

Authorities accused Pierce of being the triggerman, but he and alleged getaway driver David Lane were convicted of violating Berg's civil rights.

Pierce was a member of The Order, a white supremacy group. Prosecutors said the group targeted Berg, who was Jewish, because of his on-air comments about white supremacists.

Lane died in prison in 2007.

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