A white former University of Maryland trainee was discovered guilty of murder Wednesday for stabbing a black college trainee to death at a bus stop on the university’s school in 2017.
Sean Urbanski, 24, deals with a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally stabbing Richard Collins III, 23, in May2017 He is set up to be sentenced on April 16, 2020.
A Prince George’s County jury deliberated for two hours before finding Urbanski guilty of first-degree murder
District attorneys argued the crime was racially encouraged, however on Tuesday Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. concurred to throw away a hate crime charge against Urbanski prior to jurors began pondering.
District attorney Jason Abbott said a poisonous mixture of alcohol and racist propaganda emboldened Urbanski to target Collins based upon his hatred of black people. Urbanski came from “Alt Reich: Nation” group on Facebook, a group whose members publish disparaging remarks about African-Americans and others. He also had at least 6 racist memes saved to his mobile phone.
Sean Urbanski, 22, at left, is implicated of stabbing Richard Collins III., 23, on the University of Maryland school in College Park early Saturday, Might 20,2017
( University of Maryland Police Department/Collins family)
Collins was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and prior to his death he was preparing to release to the demilitarized zone in between North Korea and South Korea. He was days far from finishing from Bowie State University, a traditionally black college, and was celebrating with friends at the bars surrounding University of Maryland’s College Park School when he was attacked.
Urbanski, who had then been enrolled at Maryland’s College Park School, did not deny stabbing Collins but among his lawyers said there was no evidence the killing was racially inspired. The lawyer argued there was no proof Urbanski hated or promoted violence against any ethnic group or race.
Urbanski had likewise been out drinking with friends that deadly night. Defense Lawyer William Brennan stated a specialist defense witness concluded that Urbanski’s blood alcohol level was 3 times the legal driving limitation at the time of the killing, which would render him too intoxicated to premeditate the killing for a first-degree murder conviction.
Around 3 a.m. on a Saturday night, Urbanski approached Collins as he awaited an Uber with a good friend, a white man, and an Asian female they satisfied at the bus stop. Urbanski watched them for more than 10 minutes prior to he left and returned waving a folding knife and showed up on the good friends from a wooded area, according to Abbott.
” Step left, action left if you know what’s finest for you,” Urbanski informed them, according to the charging files.
” No,” Collins stated prior to Urbanski stabbed him once in his chest.
Abbott said Collins had his hands in his pockets when Urbanski attacked him.
After stabbing Collins, Urbanski folded the knife, put it in his pocket and muffled a bench up until authorities showed up, according to Abbott. Police arrested him at the bus stop, 50 feet from where Collins lay dying.
The Associated Press added to this report.