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Former Beloit student convicted in hate crime hoax

A year and a half after the initial arrest, a sentencing has been made to resolve the hate crime hoax incident that struck Beloit College in spring 2017.

Former Beloit College student Michael Tyler Kee was found guilty of disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, on Aug. 7, 2018 for perpetrating a falsified hate crime. Kee was fined $200 but is also responsible for additional costs, leading to a total of $660 which is due to Rock County Courthouse by Oct. 11, 2018, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court records. Rock County Circuit Court judge John M. Wood decided Kee’s sentence.

Kee’s other two charges– criminal damage to property and obstructing an officer– were dropped due to a plea agreement. Both were considered “read-in” charges, however, meaning that despite the dismissal of the charges, the court still considered them while determining Kee’s sentence. Criminal damage to property and obstructing an officer are both class A misdemeanors, with each charge carrying the potential penalty of a $10,000 fine, up to nine months in jail or both.

Kee was originally arrested in February 2017 after Beloit police discovered evidence of the crime– which involved spray-painting racial slurs on the walls in Bushnell Hall– in Kee’s dorm room. The criminal complaint filed following the incident state that Kee wanted to “unify the Beloit College community” and did not expect to be caught after placing the spray paint on their own door.

The hoax immediately followed another hate crime just a week prior in Peet Hall. The initial hate crime was never resolved.

Source: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access

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