The 20-year-old Cornell University student charged late last year with a hate crime related to a September incident that police say might have been racially motivated pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of disorderly conduct.
Ithaca Police initially charged John Greenwood with assault after a black student said he was attacked by several people who yelled racial slurs outside his home near Cornell’s campus. In November, the Tompkins County DA charged the Toronto native with a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and criminal mischief.
After entering his plea in Ithaca City Court, Greenwood was ordered to perform 75 hours of community service and pay restitution. Greenwood issued a statement in September apologizing for using “unacceptable and inappropriate” language.
An order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim.