Andrew Oswalt, a former Oregon State University Ph.D. candidate who holds white nationalist beliefs, was convicted of a hate crime in November for placing stickers on cars belonging to members of a local activist group. The stickers contained a racial slur against African-Americans.
Oswalt was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years of supervised probation and a $500 fine for the crime of first-degree intimidation, which is a felony. He was also barred from contact with the victims in the case. On a related charge of third-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, Oswalt was sentenced to an additional 10 days in jail, a further $250 fine and 3 years of probation concurrent with his other sentence.
Oswalt was released ahead of the original schedule—serving 29 days out of his 40 day sentence—due to overcrowding and reduced time for good behavior, according to Sgt. Keith Hunnemiller of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
After his release, Oswalt was charged and eventually plead guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal mischief for damaging a lawn sign with the same racist message as
the stickers. He was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, along with additional fines and probation, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
Oswalt first drew community attention during his time as a representative in the Associated Students of OSU, expressing white nationalist views in an interview with The Daily Barometer.