Patricia Hill, a sociology professor and research assistant at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) has been convicted of vandalizing the home of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox and ordered to pay a fine. After spraying his home with fake blood, she was found guilty of misdemeanor vandalism, for which she will have to pay $500, College Reform reports.
In addition, Hill also has to stay 500 feet away from the Cox home and refrain from contacting the family or face further fines. She is also banned from NRA offices and the workplace of Cox’s wife until the civil case is heard in August.
UNL said in a statement:
The university has nothing to do with these event…Patricia Hill’s actions are a local law enforcement matter in Virginia. It is premature for us to comment.
While the incident for which she was convicted happened in January, she also did the same thing to his home in October of 2017. The Cox family lawyer says she put stickers and a red, gel-like substance on his home while his children were inside.
According to the Lincoln Journal-Star “NU Board of Regents’ bylaws limit the university from leveling additional sanctions against employees convicted of minor crimes where the university has no interest.” Therefore, UNL will not reprimand Hill.
Hill said she plans to appeal the court’s decision.