Brochu has been assigned 200 hours of community service, out of which 50 hours must be served with a social services group and 50 hours at a literacy organization. If Brochu completes the requirements and stays out of trouble, the charges of breach of peace and criminal mischief will be removed after two years.
On Monday, Brochu was given accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that will make sure Brochu won't get a criminal record.
"By giving her this second chance, I hope she will change her ways and finds love for all mankind no matter what race", Rowe said of her former roommate's accelerated rehabilitation.
Brochu's lawyer, Thomas Stevens, says his client is remorseful and she wanted to apologize sooner but he told her not to because of his concern over civil litigation.
A University of Hartford student will have the opportunity to wipe her criminal record clean after she was handed probation by a judge in a case that has been called a hate crime. Since then, she found another job and has been working to raise the money to pay his fee.More news: San Francisco's ICE spokesman quits, disputes agency's claim that 800 eluded arrest
In November, Brochu said in an interview she was not racist, only acted foolishly. That's when a friend of hers sent Brochu's Instagram post to her, detailing all her vile deeds. Investigators found none, she said. She previously pleaded not guilty. Brochu is not allowed to contact Rowe and must submit to a mental health evaluation. In the post, Brochu wrote about spending more than a month poisoning Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe by "spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons [on] her backpack, putting her toothbrush where the sun don't shine and so much more". While Rowe had gone to administrators upon seeing Brochu's post, she said neither the school nor local police took her claims seriously until she shared her complaint online.
Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.
"The internet has a long memory and you will have to do a lot of good to live down these allegations", Williams said.
"There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people.That's what we face every day".
Outside the courthouse, state NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile reiterated that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime and basically stated what most of us are thinking about this lame slap on the wrist she received.