Man will plead guilty in SU racist graffiti incident

Graffiti found in Henson Hall on the Salisbury University campus led to the university being closed for a day, as well as a protracted search and prosecution of the culprit.

A Princess Anne man has been charged in connection with four incidents of racist and threatening graffiti posted on walls at Salisbury University. 

Jerome Kevin Jackson.

Jerome Kevin Jackson, 54, has agreed to plead guilty in District Court on Friday, according to the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Jackson will pay $494 restitution to SU for the damage incurred to their property and take responsibility for the racist and sometimes gender discriminatory graffiti that was discovered on campus on Oct. 8, Oct. 10, Oct. 22, Nov. 4 and Feb. 19. 

As part of the plea, Jackson will be charged with a single count of maliciously defacing property. The state will recommend that the defendant be sentenced to 18 months of active incarceration.

The plea agreement was drafted in consultation with the Salisbury University Police Department and university officials. The written plea agreement was then signed and executed by Jackson, and filed June 3 in the District Court. 

In February, the SU Police, working with the FBI, said it had identified a suspect in the case and turned over evidence to the State’s Attorney. The suspect was not believed to have an immediate connection to the campus, SU officials said at the time.

The police investigation “yielded persuasive and compelling evidence against your client,” State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes said in a letter to Jackson’s attorney Richard Brueckner.

The February incident — which declared it was “Hang a N— Month” — was in Henson Science Hall.

“The university has suffered both emotionally and economically from these events, and this plea is offered. In consideration for the finality it provides in the interest of justice,” Dykes said.

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