Posted: Jun 5, 2012 9:30 AM by Alex Jones
Updated: Jun 5, 2012 9:48 AM
COLUMBIA - Former MU student Benjamin Elliot pleaded guilty to property damage in the second degree on Monday during a hearing at the Boone County courthouse. Elliot was charged with spray painting a racial slur on Hatch Hall. According to Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Haigh, Elliot will spend 90 days in the Boone County jail and has a two-year suspension of unsupervised probation under the conditions that he:
County prosecutors did not pursue the hate crime charge against Elliot. A hate crime charge requires that acts be knowingly motivated by the race of the victim. In Elliot's case, Haigh said the University was the victim and the University doesn't have a race; therefore, the prosecutors office could not charge Elliot with a hate crime. Instead, Elliot faces a misdemeanor.