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Steven Nigg: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Steven Nigg, left, and Jared Fogle. (Family Photo/Getty)

Former Subway pitchman and convicted pedophile Jared Fogle was attacked by a fellow inmate at a Colorado federal prison in January, according to a prison incident report provided to Heavy.com.

The report released by the family of the attacker, 60-year-old Steven Nigg, of Wisconsin, shows Fogle was beaten in the recreation yard of Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, a minimum security facility in Littleton where he is serving his 15-year prison sentence.

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Nigg, who is in prison for gun offenses and is not scheduled to be released until 2024, pushed “Fogle to the ground” and struck him “multiple times in the face with a closed fist,” according to the report. Nigg’s only injuries were a small cut on his hand and abrasion on his knee from the concrete, the report states.

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Here’s what you need to know:


1. Fogle Was Left With a ‘Bloody Nose & Scratches to His Neck’ After Being Punched in the Face Multiple Times

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The incident report in the attack on Fogle.

According to the incident report, which you can read above, the attack occurred on January 29 at noon in the Upper West/SHU’s recreation yard.

Fogle, 38, “sustained a blood nose, scratches to his neck and redness and swelling to his face.”

Nigg, 60, was seen on security cameras and identified by witnesses after the attack. Prison officials investigated for two hours and determined Nigg was at fault. It’s not clear what punishment he received.

Fogle and Nigg both remain at the Colorado prison, according to online records.

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2. Nigg Told His Family He ‘Did It for the Victims & Their Families’ After Seeing Fogle Use His Money for Extra Food & Bodyguards

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Jared Fogle leaves the courthouse on August 19, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty)

After the attack, Nigg told his family he wanted everyone to know “he did it for the victims and their families,” Nigg’s nephew, Jimmy Nigg, told Heavy.com.

Steven Nigg said he caught Fogle in the yard with one of his paid bodyguards, and the bodyguard let him attack Fogle, Jimmy Nigg said. Steven Nigg told his family he was frustrated about the Englewood prison and its program for child molesters.

“In his words they were sending child molesters there for a program that did not work and let the molesters off with out serving hard time,” Jimmy Nigg said in an email to Heavy. “He wanted the public to know that these molesters were being sent to their backyard, just feet from schools and homes.”

He said Fogle arrived at the Colorado prison and immediately began “flaunting his money,” using it for extra food and paid bodyguards.

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3. He Received a 15-Year Sentence for Gun Crimes Because of Armed Robbery Convictions From the 1970s

Steven Nigg was sentenced in 2011 to 15 years in prison for being a felon in the possession of a firearm with three previous convictions for a violent felony. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence.

“Initially, the district judge expressed misgivings about the fairness of a fifteen-year sentence, but nonetheless found that Nigg qualified as an (Armed Career Criminal),” according to Nigg’s appeal.

The prior felony convictions occurred as the result of an Arizona crime spree in 1976, when Nigg was 21. He and a cohort robbed a motel clerk, convenience store and gas station at gunpoint, stealing a total of $670.47, plus cigarettes and gloves. In 1977 he was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison, and was released in 1990.

According to court records, he became the executor of his father’s estate after his death in 2009. The estate include 120 firearms. His stepmother said she was suspicious that Nigg was selling the guns, in violation of a probate court’s restraining order, and she hired a private investigator to try to buy the guns.

“On September 4, 2009, the investigator entered Nigg’s consignment shop (which he ran out of his home) and purchased two rifles from Nigg for $1,600,” prosecutors said.

His stepmother contacted the ATF, which began investigating. In 2010, Nigg was indicted. He pleaded guilty in 2011.

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4. His Family Says His Stepmother Set Him Up Because She Wanted Control of His Father’s Estate

Nigg’s family and attorneys say he was “set up” by his stepmother, who wanted to take control of his father’s estate, of which he was the executor.

“My uncle spent 15 years in prison doing hard time for his robbery when he was a young man. He spent 20 years living in Wisconsin before he was arrested and convicted of selling the hunting rifles he inherited from my late grandfather’s estate,” Jimmy Nigg told Heavy.com. “Steve Nigg (was) the executor of the estate and his role was to sell the land and property of the estate and divide it among the family.”

Nigg appealed his 15-year sentence.

You can read his appeal above or by clicking here.

The sentence was affirmed by a three-judge panel in 2012. Coincidentally, one of the judges who heard the case was Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, who would later sentence Fogle.

The judges wrote that they, “have some sympathy for Mr. Nigg, whose dangerous past caught up with him decades after he had seemingly done come work to rehabilitate himself,” but said the mandatory minimum is the law of the land and they had no way to change the sentence.

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5. He Made Annual Appearances as Santa Claus & the Easter Bunny Before He Went to Prison

(Family Photo)

(Family Photo)

Nigg was a contributing member of society after his release from prison on armed robbery charges, according to court documents. Before his sentencing on the gun convictions, the judge received several letters describing his role in the community, including how he volunteered as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus:

Following his release from prison in 1990, Nigg walked a more straight and narrow path. He moved to Wisconsin, where he cared for his father’s ailing wife until she died. Following her death, Nigg continued to live with his father, until he remarried. Nigg also contributed to his community. Prior to sentencing, the district judge received ‘numerous letters of support testifying to Nigg’s kind and generous character, his willingness to help neighbors, and his involvement in community activities, notably marital arts classes for youth and annual appearances as a volunteer Santa Claus and Easter Bunny.’

But Nigg’s attorney says he did have a few run-ins with the law following his release, including a misdemeanor conviction for criminal damage to property in 1998 and obstructing an officer in 2003. He also failed to pay a series of tax warrants filed by the state of Wisconsin.

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53 comments

    • Absolutly I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD A CHANCE AT NIGGS .I BET HE WOULDNT TRY THAT SHIT WITH SOMEONE WHO WOULD FIGHT BACK . CREEP

    • W & John………You both must be pedophiles if you believe that garbage you just spewed. Come to NJ so I can have the joy of not sending you to prison but rather having you look me in the eye as I choke the life out of you with my bare hands. Scumbags.

  1. Steve Nigg is a true dear friend of mine. I was also with the realtor for his father’s estate and witnessed the havoc that the stepmother created. Stephen I have been friends for 22 years plus and has the most gentle soul that I know! Kudos to you Steve!

    • “…the most gentle soul…”

      Not saying the recipient didn’t deserve it, but punching someone in the face repeatedly doesn’t sound like the actions of a person with a “gentle soul”.

    • YEA HE’S JUST AN ANGEL IN DISGUISE . PLAYED SANTA CLAUS AMONG OTHER THINGS . IM CONCERNED ABOUT HIM PLAYING HOUSE BURGLAR PUTTING A GUN INTO SOMEBODY’S FACE AND STEALING THERE HARD EARNED MONEY . PEOPLE LIKE NIGGS ,TO BE CLEAR ,ROB MANY MANY PEOPOLE BEFORE THEY GET CAUGHT . TO SAY ANY MAN WHO PHYSICALLY FORCES A GUN INTO SOMEONES FACE SCARING THEM TO DEATH AND THEN TAKES THERE MONEY AND IS JUST A SWEET SWEET THING IS A FOOL.YOU SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR BEING AN IDIOT .AGAIN TO ME HE WAS JUST DOING WHAT HE ALWAYS DOES HE HARMS PEOPLE WHO CANT FIGHT BACK . IF HE DID THAT TO ME WOULD HAVE PUT HIS EYES OUT FIRST AND THEN KILLED HIM (CHOKED THE LIFE OUT OF HIM QUICK))

    • Can you please give us his information I would like to send him some money and other things he needs so he can be comfortable he sacrificed his early release to take care of Mr Subway child molester me as a father of 4 daughters has much respect for this man

  2. Steve Nigg is a good friend and a good man. The time I spent with Steve in Northeast Wisconsin was spent with a caring, generous man. Not the man he once was. I hate that he received the sentence he did. I was with him during the time that led up to it and he was set up. I have to give him an “atta boy” for what he did to that sick bastard Jared! I would have done same! Too many like Jared get a slap on the hand. Jared should get a beating for every child he even thought about in such a way! Knowing Steve he would probably agree with me. Steve does not belong where he is at. I hope I can see Steve again someday, give him a hug, and talk about the good times we had. Good people like Steve don’t come along every day ya know!

  3. Our countries legal system is based on the rule of law. No matter what someone has done, they are sentenced to a penalty (of time away from general society, nothing more, nothing less). When you give in to your emotions and let the mob rule, you may be the next on someone’s list who thinks they are better than you are and that you deserve punishment at their’s or someone else’s hands without benefit of due process or fair trial. I even saw someone’s comment ” I hope he beat even for every thought that he had for doing something to a child” or words to that effect. I seem to remember a movie that had a “future crimes task force” to lock people away who where deemed a danger to society because they had violent tendencies in their thoughts. It’s a good thing that is not happening….wait a minute…it is….Did you know that after a person serves their sentence (an expected outcome of a plea bargain or lost trial), that two psychologists are called in to give their “opinion” on an inmate to determine (without benefit of due process or fair trial) if they are a danger to society. (Remember that psychologists are educated guessers who subscribe to a particular school of thought, and they are given power over free citizens to detain them in mental hospitals which are like prisons). If the two psychologists agree, the inmate is not allowed to parole, but is sent straight to this mental health facility even thought the law for doing so is meant for mentally ill people and these inmates are not mentally ill. They are there (some up to ten years) to await trial to determine if they are to stay there for the rest of their lives with periodic legal reviews to see if they are eligible for release. By the way, in California, these mental facilities are supervised by the department of mental health, but the contract to guard over these “mental” patients is fulfilled by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Wait a sec, I thought this was a mental hospital. So by creating a class of despised individuals who are called by the buzz phase “Registered Sex Offenders” a term DESIGNED to trump up fear and revulsion, society allows are government to deprive a despised class of individuals to be beaten, harassed, scorned, locked up again after they have served their time and even recently with international Megan’s Law, have their passports affixed with the term “Sex Offender” so effectively, they can’t travel or if they do, are subject to the same treatment. So all of you who are rejoicing in this criminal’s act of disobedience and violence toward another human being are contributing to the downfall of our freedoms in the long run if you give pause and thought to what you are doing. Be lawful and don’t spread hate.

    • ONE OF THE BEST COMMENTS IVE HEARD YET SIR PUT VERY WELL . I CAN TELL BY YOUR WRITING THAT YOU ARE AN EDUCATES SMART MAN . SUCH A CONTRAST TO THE MAJORITY LOW LIFE SCUM AMERICA IS BECOMING MY FRIEND

  4. Nigg is a HYPOCRITE!! Career armed criminal. Robbing motel clerk at gun point. Good thing the clerk didn’t get shot. He is a thug and violence criminal !

  5. A jealous Nigg. what is new. One guy is violent, the other a pervert. The violent guy feels like the perv is getting treated too good, and punches him? Niether can be trusted in society regardless of what mister “ALL CAPS” has to say.

  6. Jared gets all he deserves!! Clearly, this is the second time a guard looked the other way! Jared will get more like this unless they put him into solitary where he’ll go insane from having no contact with others!

  7. I grew up around Steven Nigg he is a great man and would do anything for anyone Jared got what he deserves and should of got more !!!!! Love you Steve

  8. Nigg violated terms of his imprisonment, hope he’s moved to a new facility.

    Beating a weak pathetic excuse for a man made Steve Nigg feel better about his crimes.

  9. I believe they should let him go…he was following his last will from his fathers death, we know Steve personally, and he is a kind and loving person who doesn’t deserve such a long sentence. my kids just love him and we do too…

  10. the system is fatally flawed…mandatory sentences are for profit… all pedos should be executed…
    revolution or death

  11. Good for that pervert. Steven Nigg should qualify for early release. All child violators do deserve air to breathe. Why is that Jared bastard in the Federal Penitentiary anyways? His arse belongs in a maximum security prison south of the Texas border just like any other sex offender.

  12. Steve. Are you gods hand in punishment ? .God is the one who judges not us .I seen you at my camp aera if you have issue with me make shure you have all your facts ,people. Will lie also many they want revenge for something who now’s , but they cry wolf are you feeding into the cry wolf lie ? Be careful one day you too will be judged !! I Will see you again I’m shure know your facts before you come see me I’m a defender and will do just that no more . See you soon.

    • What I hear is that the metro police and the jailers have some kind of deal ,you might get oi think put on a Dayly to .beat up people iis that true .I saw you,you must of gotten out early or have some kind of agreement that’s not leaflets

  13. Mandatory minimums are idiotic. Judges should have the ability to sentence within guidelines. These judges plainly thought Mr. Niggs could be rehabilitated and that it was a waste of resources to keep him in prison so long.