Ex-Elmhurst College student found guilty of hate crime

May 16, 2012 7:29:05 AM PDT
A 21-year-old Libertyville man has been convicted of a hate crime after carving anti-African American sentiments on a window ledge outside an Elmhurst College dorm room in December.

Myles Burton was found guilty after a one-day bench trial.

On December 8 at about 11:25 p.m., prosecutors say, Burton approached the dorm at 190 S. Prospect and carved racial sayings into the ledge. Prosecutors say Burton carved "KKK" and two racial epithets into the ledge. He was arrested the next day without incident.

A conviction for a felony hate crime charge could carry a sentenced to up to five years in prison.