Man Sentenced To Jail, Probation In Kosher Kitchen Desecration
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ One of three men who admitted desecrating a kosher kitchen at a private college was sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for three years.
The sentence Wednesday by Ramsey County District Judge Allan Markert was praised by Jewish community leaders and St. Paul NAACP president Stephen Zachary, who said it would help deter others from committing bias crimes.
Darryl Somora, 21, also was ordered to make restitution; perform 200 hours of community service; undergo psychological evaluation; enter counseling if recommended; abstain from alcohol and any other mood-altering chemicals; and write letters of apology to the college and the Jewish community.
Defense attorney Areanna Coale argued that although Somora’s acts were ″gross″ and ″outrageous,″ he was not motivated by hatred for Jews and should not receive jail time.
Somora admitted leaving an anti-Semitic note, but said he wasn’t acting against any religion.
Somora, Scott Hoyt, 22, and Michael Terry, 20, all of St. Paul, were accused of entering Macalester College’s Hebrew House in St. Paul on Nov. 23 and defiling a kosher kitchen by littering it with cigarette butts and beer cans and defecating into a bowl.
Hoyt and Terry will be sentenced next week.
The three pleaded guilty last month to one felony count each of criminal damage to property motivated by the actual or perceived religious beliefs of the victim or victims. A third-degree burglary charge against the three was dropped under a plea agreement.
Restitution amounted to $1,239, for which all three defendants are liable, according to Markert’s law clerk, Laura Bailey.