Nebraska prof found guilty of vandalizing home of chief NRA lobbyist

On Monday, an Alexandria, Virginia, General District Court judge found University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Patricia Wonch Hill guilty of vandalizing the home of NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox, the Daily Caller reported.

Hill pleaded not guilty to the charge of misdemeanor destruction of property, but was levied a thousand-dollar fine and ordered to stay 500 feet away from Cox’s residence.

The act of vandalism took place during a protest in January 2018.  Witnesses say Hill sprayed fake blood on Cox’s home. During the criminal trial, Cox’s legal team also presented surveillance video that allegedly shows Hill committing the crime.

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“We are pleased that today Ms. Hill was criminally convicted of vandalism for her January attack on the Cox’s home, that she was charged with a second count of vandalism for an attack on the Cox family home in October 2017, and that a restraining order was entered against her. The Cox family is grateful to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office and the Alexandria Police Department for their role in holding Ms. Hill accountable for her criminal conduct. We look forward a second conviction for Ms. Hill at her next criminal trial,” Elizabeth Locke, Cox’s family attorney, told the Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller added:

The vandalism, in both cases, was accompanied by a series of protests and confrontations in front of the Cox’s home and outside of his wife’s interior design business. Protesters handed out flyers, created posters and created an anti-Cox website.

The protests were spearheaded by “The Great America Gun Melt,” which has a stated mission “to destroy the gun industry”.

Hill was questioned about the verdict, but refused to provide an answer:

Melody Vaccaro, vice president of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, however, was present at the hearing in support of Hill, and did speak to the Daily Caller.  As one can see below, she spent much of the interview going on about the red gel substance used to vandalize the Cox home and apparently blamed the NRA for Hill’s vandalism:

A date has yet to be set for the October vandalism charge.


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