Former Elmhurst College student convicted of hate crime
Myles Burton / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office
Updated: October 24, 2012 10:06PM
A former Elmhurst College student faces up to five years in prison after he was found guilty of a hate crime Tuesday for carving racist epitaphs outside a school dorm.
DuPage County Judge George Bakalis found Myles Burton, of Libertyville, guilty of carving anti-African American sentiments on a window ledge outside an Elmhurst College dormitory room in December 2011, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.
Burton, 21, approached the dorm about 11:25 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2011, and carved slurs — including “KKK” and “Negro” — onto the ledge in the 100 block of South Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst, the state’s attorney’s office said.
Burton was arrested the next day without incident. A grand jury indicted him on Dec. 29, 2011, and Bakalis found him guilty after a one-day bench trial, the state’s attorney’s office said.
A pre-sentencing hearing is set for June 19.