FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A 19-year-old white woman has been sentenced to a year of supervised probation for shooting a black high school athlete with a BB gun in what police initially classified as a hate crime.
Thurmont police said Kristen Myers yelled a racial slur at acquaintances on the Catoctin High School track team as they ran through town in April. An 18-year-old was hit in the face but not seriously hurt.
He characterized the slur as an accepted form of bantering between himself and Myers.
Subsequent charges didn’t include hate crime allegations. Myers pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault count in a June plea deal.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael J. Moore said Tuesday that neither the runner shot in the face nor another boy shot in the ankle considered race an issue.