2nd former Ole Miss student sentenced in statue vandalism


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A former University of Mississippi student has been sentenced to a year’s probation and ordered to complete community service for placing a noose on the school’s statue of its first black student.

Multiple news outlets report 21-year-old Austin Reed Edenfield, of Kennesaw, Georgia, was sentenced Thursday to probation and 50 hours of community service. In addition, U.S. District Judge Mike Mills ordered him to get treatment for substance abuse and mental health.

In March, Edenfield pleaded guilty to one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees. WTVA-TV reports Mills said Edenfield’s actions came from “somewhere dark.”

Another former student, Graeme Phillip Harris, of Alpharetta, Georgia, pleaded guilty to the same charge in June 2015 and was sentenced to six months in prison.

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