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Benjamin Elliott pleads guilty to property damage of Hatch Residence Hall

Monday, June 4, 2012 | 5:35 p.m. CDT; updated 7:27 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 4, 2012

COLUMBIA — Benjamin Elliott, the former MU student accused of spray painting racist graffiti outside of Hatch Residence Hall, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree property damage, a class B misdemeanor.

Elliott has been ordered to pay restitution of $537.20, as well as court costs. He will also serve two years of unsupervised probation and complete 100 hours of community service.

Although Elliott has been volunteering at the Boys and Girls Town in Phelps County, Boone County Circuit Judge Christine Carpenter ordered additional hours of community service as part of his sentence.

If he violates his probation, he must serve 90 days of jail time, Carpenter said.

In February 2011, Elliott, then a freshman from Rolla in the College of Arts and Science, vandalized a statue outside of Hatch with what appeared to be a derogatory reference to Black History Month.

As a result, he was suspended from the university.

 

 


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