Daniel Cowart, who plead guilty to 8 federal charges, including a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama and over 100 black people, has requested that he be moved to a county jail in Tennessee to undergo tattoo alterations before he is sent to federal prison, reports to The Jackson Sun.
The 21-year-old has a tattoo of an iron cross on his chest, as well as a swastika tattooed on his shoulder and is worried that they will draw the unwanted attention of other inmates while he is incarcerated.
The U.S. Marshals Service has objected to Cowart's request for the cosmetic procedure, arguing that it would set an unwelcome precedent, reports the Sun:
In their response, they said, "The Marshals Service is wary of setting a precedent whereby they are obligated to devote substantial resources to transporting and escorting inmates between facilities for the purposes of voluntary cosmetic surgery."
Cowart and co-conspirator Paul Schlesselman, who have been labeled as white supremacist skinheads by federal investigators, were arrested in 2008 after law enforcement officials uncovered their plot to travel cross-country and carry out numerous robberies and killings targeting black people.
They pair were found with illegal firearms and ammunition when they were taken into custody in Arkansas, and were subsequently charged with attempting to bring them across state lines for the purpose of committing a felony.
Cowart, who will be sentenced on Aug. 13, is looking at 12-18 years in a federal prison, while Schlesselman was sentenced to 10 years.