Ex-PSU student pleads guilty to anti-semitic vandalism

A guilty plea was entered Monday to a charge of ethnic intimidation in the case against an Export man accused of spray-painting swastikas and other symbols at a Jewish fraternity, the Centre County District Attorney’s Office reported Wednesday.

Eric Hyland, 20, was sentenced to 2 years of probation and 200 hours of community service by Judge Bradley P. Lunsford, as well as ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution.

In November 2013, Hyland and co-defendant Hayden Grom took several cans of spray paint and sprayed the symbols on the Beta Sigma Beta fraternity, 13 nearby vehicles and other property. Grom pleaded guilty last month, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Both were Penn State students and members of another fraternity at the time of the incident, prosecutors said.