Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Man Who Confessed To Shooting At Mexicans With BB Rifle Gets Two Years In Prison

Robert Anthony Malczewski

Hate crime penalty enhancer dismissed for entering guilty plea by BB shooter under plea agreement.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 26, 2011

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Sankovitz sentenced Robert Anthony Malczewski, 35, to two years in prison and more than two years probation for shooting at Red Box movie rental customers. He was ordered to pay restitution totaling $800 to a female victim. Malczewski was convicted of firing a BB rifle at Hispanics while they rented movies from an outdoor machine at Walgreens, 2625 W. National Ave.
He was charged in September with disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon, 2nd-degree reckless endangering safety, including a hate crime enhancer. Malczewski made a plea deal and pleaded guilty to two counts including a felony. In the plea agreement, the state dismissed the hate crime penalty enhancer on January 13.
The criminal complaint states, that Malczewski on July 25, shot a woman in the neck with a BB rifle. The woman and her boyfriend were renting a movie from the outdoor machine when they came under fire by Malczewski. Both are Latinos and Malczewski is White, according to the criminal complaint.
Police spotted Malczewski shooting a weapon from a second floor window in an apartment adjacent to Walgreens. When police arrested Malczewski, he told the officers that he was shooting at Mexicans.
Customers initially complained of being shot with some kind of weapon to the Walgreens manager on August 8, who then alerted police.

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