A University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor was found guilty of throwing fake blood on a National Rifle Association lobbyist's home earlier this year, fined $500 and ordered to stay 500 feet away from the Virginia residence, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported.
Patricia Wonch Hill, a research assistant professor of sociology, was arrested by Alexandria police Jan. 11 for allegedly throwing fake blood on a home owned by the NRA's Chris Cox, the paper said, citing court records.
A private security guard testified he witnessed Hill twice walk past the Cox home and later identified her spraying the stairs with "red, gel-like substance," the Journal-Star reported, citing the Washington Post.
Judge Donald Haddock Jr. found Hill guilty following a bench trial Monday morning, the Journal-Star added.
What happens next?
Hill plans to appeal the decision, her attorney Jon Bourdon told the Journal-Star, and will go before a Virginia circuit court jury June 6. A separate civil case related to the restraining order is scheduled for August, the paper added.
What is university policy regarding such matters?
Bylaws from the University of Nebraska's Board of Regents limit the college from leveling additional sanctions against employees convicted of minor crimes in which the university has no interest, the Journal-Star said.
"Staff members who violate laws prescribed by civil authorities may incur penalties attached to such laws," Bylaw 4.2 states, the paper said. "The university should not impose sanctions to duplicate the function of these laws."
(H/T: The College Fix)