Former Hickman student pleads guilty to carving racial slur into car

Monday, March 25, 2013 | 4:07 p.m. CDT; updated 11:03 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 1, 2013

COLUMBIA Weslie Kendrick McWilliams, 19, faces up to seven years in prison for carving a racial slur into a student's car at Hickman High School last year. 

McWilliams pleaded guilty Monday morning to tampering with a motor vehicle, a class C felony but not a hate crime.

At the time of the incident on Feb. 3, 2012, McWilliams was 17 years old and a sophomore at the high school. He was arrested in connection to the vehicle damage, after a key had scratched a black racial sluron the student's car.

McWilliams admitted his involvement in the incident, according to Latisha Stroer, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department.

McWilliams has not been enrolled in Hickman since the incident took place, said Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark.

McWilliams was initially charged with property damage motivated by discrimination in the second degree, a hate crime. 

His sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 15.

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