A Millersville man will spend between almost 3 to 10 years for spray-painting threats on several Millersville University buildings as a form of retaliation against a woman who testified against him in another criminal case.
Robert Dale Williams, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to felony retaliation against a witness, as well as misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, institutional vandalism and theft by unlawful taking, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.
The vandalism happened in March, according to earlier LNP | LancasterOnline reporting. Officers arrived to find spray-painted offensive and threatening imagery, including a swastika and the words "DIE RAT DIE WERE COMIN," with the victim's name.
The vandalism was painted on the Student Memorial Center and two residence halls.
Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro accepted the plea terms and sentenced Williams to 33 months to 10 years in prison.
Williams had been released from prison about two weeks before the crimes, according to First Deputy District Attorney Travis S. Anderson.
Williams later admitted to investigators to being involved and having a grudge against the victim for her testimony that resulted in Williams’ aggravated assault conviction in 2010, where he pulled out a folding knife out on a woman in the parking lot of Jack's Restaurant on South Prince Street, according to LNP | LancasterOnline reporting.
Williams then punched a young man and struck and pushed another woman, police said.