Man convicted in racist 2019 acid attack in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A jury has convicted a white Milwaukee man who was accused of throwing acid on a Latino man’s face throughout a racist attack in 2019.
Clifton Blackwell, 64, was discovered guilty Thursday of first-degree reckless damage, with a dangerous weapon, as a hate crime. He faces as much as 20 years in jail at his sentencing May 18.
The jury rejected Blackwell’s argument that he acted in self-defense after arguing with Mahud Villalaz over road parking in November 2019 in Milwaukee. He accused Villalaz, who suffered second-degree burns, of being within the nation illegally and invading the US.
Blackwell was ready for a bus when he instructed Villalaz that he had parked his truck illegally in a bus stop zone exterior a restaurant, prosecutors mentioned. The two might be seen on surveillance video, however not heard, and Blackwell may very well be seen retrieving an aluminum bottle from his satchel.
Villalaz moved his truck to another parking spot and headed back towards the restaurant. The 2 argued once more and Blackwell splashed the contents of the bottle, which was acidic drain cleaner, in Villalaz’s face.
Villalaz, 43, testified throughout the trial that his vision in his left eye has been permanently affected.
Blackwell stated he carried the drain cleaner for self-defense at evening as a result of he’s disabled, and had been attacked on the streets earlier than. He mentioned he was scared when Villalaz got so indignant, and splashed the liquid just as Villalaz made a fist and gave the impression to be about to strike him, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Villalaz is a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Peru. He testified he was indignant at Blackwell for telling him he “invaded” his country and may “return,” however didn’t want to harm anybody.
Blackwell was taken into custody after the decision.