Sep 2, 2015 8:46 PM
Man pleads guilty to Concord racist graffiti hate crime dating back to 2011
CONCORD - A Pembroke man has plead guilty to writing racist graffiti on the homes of African refugees and will serve jail time.
Raymond Stevens apologized in court Wednesday, saying he had left mental problems untreated and was not in a normal state of mind when he wrote on four homes in the area.
"Many lives were affected due to my foolish and insensitive actions," Stevens said.
The case dates back to 2011, when police began investigating several markings including ones that read: "Your subhuman culture has already brought many crimes linked to your mud people" and "the subhumans in this house are enjoying a free ride."
Detectives spent several months handing out flyers, eventually sorting through more than 1,500 gun permit applications in the area, matching Stevens handwriting to the crime.
After he was arrested, Stevens attempted to shoot himself.
In court, he admitted to the crime and read a statement saying he regrets the pain he caused.
"I hope you can one day forgive my actions and believe that I will keep working to improve myself as a fellow human being," Stevens said.
Stevens will serve 12 months jail time and is ordered to have no contact with the victims.
A landlord for a few of the victims said the graffiti brought back fears from the countries they fled, some have since left New Hampshire.