"Staying Sane in an Insane World"
JBlackmanCM: None of the refugee families are present in court. Stevens faces up to 30 years in prison.
JBlackmanCM: Stevens admits to criminal mischief, a felony hate crime. He seems shaky at times, hesitant at others. But overall polite.
JBlackmanCM: Stevens listens as messages are read aloud, shaking his foot (a result of the head injury). The graffiti included words like "mud people."
JBlackmanCM: The crimes, in 2011-12, shook to the core a city that for years has prided itself as a destination for those fleeing violence & persecution.
JBlackmanCM: One of the refugee families affected has since moved to TX, another to Manchester. One still lives in the same apartment, acc'd to a friend.
JBlackmanCM: The case baffled Concord police for over a year, until an investigator matched Steven's handwriting on a gun application to the graffiti.
JBlackmanCM: Stevens shot himself in the head soon after the arrest, and survived. He sits now with his wife in Merrimack County Superior Court.
JBlackmanCM: It's been 2 years since Ray Stevens was arrested & accused of defacing refugee homes w/ hateful words. In minutes, he's set to plead guilty.
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