- Jun 7, 2001
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Guilty Plea in NYC in Quran Desecration
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NEW YORK (AP) — A man who threw copies of the Quran into a toilet after disputes with Muslims at the college he once attended pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct.
A Quran recovered at Pace University in 2006 "was covered in feces," according to a criminal complaint. Muslims view desecration of their holy book as an offense against God.
Stanislav Shmulevich, 24, pleaded guilty as part of a deal in which he must complete 300 hours of community service.
The business student was initially charged with two counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
"There was no hate crime here," said defense lawyer Glenn Morak. "He accepts responsibility, and he is repentant."
Detective Faisal Khan said Shmulevich told him "he committed the acts out of anger toward a group of Muslim students with whom he had a recent disagreement."
Shmulevich, the lawyer said, is no longer at Pace, which has about 14,000 students in New York City and suburban Westchester County.