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Second Penn State Student Sentenced in Anti-Semitic Vandalism Attack

by on October 09, 2014 6:40 AM

A Penn State student has been sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty to vandalizing a traditionally Jewish fraternity with anti-Semitic symbols.

According to a news release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office, Eric Hyland, 20, of Export, Pa., pleaded guilty on Monday to ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief in connection with an incident last November.

Hayland and another student – Hayden Grom of New Fairfield, Conn. – spray-painted swastikas, anti-Semitic language and sexual drawings on cars and dumpsters near the Beta Sigma Beta fraternity.

Hyland and Grom were caught on security cameras and later identified through tips to the State College Police Department. Both men were expelled from their own fraternity, which condemned their actions.

Hyland was sentenced immediately after pleading guilty to two years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a fine of over $6,000 in restitution. Grom was previously sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to ethnic intimidation on September 25.

“Defacing and destroying property by targeting people for who they are or what they believe is reprehensible,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller says in the news release. “These acts have no place in our community.”

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for StateCollege.com who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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