Crime

Rolla man gets probation for Yik Yak threats against black MU students

A man who posted threatening messages against black people on an anonymous social media app during racial protests at the University of Missouri last year has been sentenced to probation.

Hunter Park was a Missouri University of Science and Technology student in Rolla on Nov. 10 when he posted the messages on Yik Yak. The 20-year-old Lake St. Louis man’s posts included statements that he was going to shoot every black person he sees. They came the day after weeks of protests led to the ouster of University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

Park pleaded guilty in April to making a terroristic threat.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Park on Thursday received a three-year suspended sentence and was placed on five years of probation. Prosecutors had asked for a three-year prison sentence, the newspaper reported.

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