Former EMU Student pleads Guilty to Racist Graffiti

YPSILANTI, MI – Eddie Curlin, a former EMU student, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of malicious destruction of property and no contest to four counts of identity theft. Curlin was the suspect in three separate racist vandalism incidents at Eastern Michigan University in fall 2016 and spring 2017.EDDIE LINDALE CURLIN

On Monday April 23, 2018, in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, Eddie Curlin plead guilty to the vandalism incidents. He entered no contest pleas to four charges of identity theft related to the investigation.

During yesterday’s proceedings, when Judge David Swartz asked Curlin if he did the damage to the three buildings in question, Curlin’s response was, “Yes.”

Curlin’s sentencing is scheduled for May 21, 2018.

The charges stem from incidents that took place in September 2016 at King Hall, in which a hate message was found spray painted on an exterior wall; an October 2016 incident in which a racist message was discovered spray painted on an exterior wall of Ford Hall; and, a third incident that took place last spring in which a racist message was found in a men’s restroom stall in Sherzer Hall.

Curlin, 29-yeasrs-old, is currently in custody of the Michigan Department of Corrections serving a one-to-five year sentence on an unrelated charge of receiving and concealing stolen property.