Man gets life prison sentence for killing on college campus
A white man who stabbed a Black school pupil to dying at a bus cease on the College of Maryland’s campus has been sentenced to life in jail
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A white man who stabbed a Black school pupil to dying at a bus cease on the College of Maryland’s flagship Faculty Park campus was sentenced Thursday to life in jail for what prosecutors claimed was a racially motivated hate crime.
Sean Urbanski, 25, apologized to the mother and father of 23-year-old Richard Collins III for the “horrible ache” he triggered them and stated he needs he might “return and alter what occurred” on the evening in Might 2017 when he killed the newly commissioned Military lieutenant.
“There hasn’t been a day that’s passed by the place I haven’t thought of what I’ve accomplished to you, and if I might swap locations together with your son I might in a heartbeat,” Urbanski instructed Daybreak and Richard Collins Jr. throughout a listening to carried out by video teleconference.
Prosecutors had sought the utmost sentence of life in jail with out the potential of parole, however Prince George’s County State’s Legal professional Aisha Braveboy and protection lawyer William Brennan stated after the listening to that Urbanski can be eligible for parole below the choose’s sentence.
Circuit Courtroom Choose Lawrence Hill Jr. dismissed a hate crime cost towards Urbanski earlier than a jury convicted him of first-degree homicide in December 2019. However the choose stated Thursday that he believes race and alcohol each have been components within the killing. Hill stated he does not consider it was a coincidence that Urbanski stabbed the one Black particular person on the bus cease that evening.
Collins’ mother and father stated they get up each evening across the identical time that their son was killed. They cannot carry themselves to wash out his room.
“With the passage of time, we’ve come to the belief that racist hate was the assassin’s solely motivation for killing our son,” Richard Collins Jr. stated.
Earlier than the jury’s verdict, Hill dominated that prosecutors didn’t meet their authorized burden of displaying that racial hatred motivated Urbanski to stab Collins, who did not know his assailant. However he famous Thursday that he made that ruling earlier than the hate crime legislation was modified.
Earlier this yr, Maryland enacted laws bearing Collins’ title to strengthen the state’s hate crime legislation so prosecutors don’t must show hate is the one motivating consider committing a criminal offense. The change expanded the legislation to use to crimes motivated “both in complete or in substantial half” by race, shade, spiritual perception, sexual orientation, gender, incapacity or nationwide origin. Collins’ mother and father had lobbied for a change within the legislation.
The choose allowed prosecutors to current proof that Urbanski saved at the least six pictures of racist memes on his cellphone and preferred a Fb group known as “Alt-Reich: Nation.”
Prosecutors stated alcohol and racist propaganda poisoned Urbanski’s thoughts and emboldened him to behave on his hatred of Black individuals.
“Each homicide victimizes extra than simply the deceased,” a county prosecutor, Jonathon Church, instructed the choose. “A homicide borne out of hate has a ripple impact on the human race.”
Protection attorneys stated there was no proof of a racial motive for the killing.
An professional witness for the protection concluded Urbanski’s blood alcohol degree was 3 times the authorized restrict on the time of the killing. Protection attorneys didn’t dispute Urbanski killed Collins and conceded he dedicated a criminal offense, however they argued he was too drunk to have the intent or premeditation essential to assist a first-degree homicide conviction. They urged jurors to convict Urbanski of second-degree homicide, which carries a most sentence of 30 years in jail.
Collins was commissioned as a second lieutenant within the U.S. Military shortly earlier than his dying. He was days from graduating from Bowie State College, a traditionally Black school, and was celebrating with a buddy at bars on the evening of his killing.
Urbanski had been enrolled on the College of Maryland’s Faculty Park campus. He, too, was ingesting with associates at bars earlier than the killing.
About 3:30 a.m. on Might 20, 2017, Urbanski approached Collins whereas he waited at a bus cease for an Uber driver with a white man who was his buddy and an Asian girl whom they’d simply met. Urbanski brandished a folding knife as he approached the chums from a wooded space, in line with prosecutors.
“Step left, step left if you realize what’s greatest for you,” Urbanski instructed them, in line with police.
“No,” Collins stated earlier than Urbanski stabbed him as soon as in his chest with a folding knife.
Urbanski then pocketed the knife and sat down on a bench till police arrived and arrested him on the bus cease.
“My son dedicated the unpardonable sin of claiming, ‘No,’ to a white man,” a tearful Daybreak Collins instructed the choose.
She stated her son, her husband and her father-in-law all proudly served their nation.
“Not white America. Not Black America. The USA of America,” she added.