Univ. of Illinois student charged after noose found in dorm elevator

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) – A University of Illinois student accused of leaving a noose in a residence hall elevator has been charged with a felony hate crime.

Andrew Smith was also arraigned on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges Tuesday.

Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink said during the arraignment that the 19-year-old student from Normal found some rope in an elevator over the weekend and tied it into a noose. Other students reported finding the noose early Sunday.

A female friend who was with him at the time reported him to authorities and he was arrested Monday.

Defense attorney Audrey Thompson declined to comment on the charges. She said during the hearing that the sophomore has enough credits to graduate this year and a GPA of 3.79.

Judge Roger Webber set Smith’s bond at $5,000. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.

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