Cincinnati Racist Jailed for Painting Swastikas, Pouring Concrete Down Drains at Home of Interracial Couple

A Cincinnati man who spray-painted racist graffiti on the walls of a home owned by an interracial couple, as well as filling up their bathroom drains and toilet with quick-drying cement, has been jailed.

Samuel Whitt, 43, was sentenced to 54 months in jail after being convicted of hate crimes for targeting the rental home owned by Pat and Joe Jude in November 2016.

Whitt destroyed the home after he was evicted by the Judes for not paying his rent. The pair had left town to visit their daughter over Thanksgiving at the time.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said that Whitt violated the Fair Housing Act through force by willfully intimidating two homeowners based on their race, color and familial status.

During the destruction, Whitt spray-painted "die n****r," "white power" and swastikas onto the walls. He also poured quick-drying concrete into the bathroom drains and toilet, stabbed a knife into the floor, turned on the gas stove in the upstairs kitchen, attempted to remove the smoke detector in the kitchen, removed plumbing traps from the sinks before leaving the water running and poured paint into the burners.

"Combine these actions with the message 'die n****r,' and Whitt's depraved intentions were clear," prosecutors said (via the Cincinnati Enquirer).

In January 2019, Whitt pleaded guilty to criminal interference with the right to fair housing, in part by the use or attempted use of fire or an explosive.

"I want this conviction and sentence to send a message to racists in the Southern District of Ohio," Glassman said in a statement. "It's your right to wallow in noxious beliefs to your heart's content, but act on those thoughts with violence and you will go to federal prison for a long time. Together with our law enforcement partners at all levels, this office will enforce the federal laws against hate crimes vigorously and to their fullest extent."

On top of his four-and-a-half-year sentence, Whitt must also pay more than $66,000 in restitution fees. Upon his release, he must also serve three years of supervised release, including one year of home confinement.

Speaking after Whitt pleaded guilty, the Judes said they decided to rebuild the home. "We talked a lot about whether we were going to sell it or just walk away," Pat Jude told WCPO.

"We were like, 'No, we're going to rebuild it, and it's going to be better than it was before, and he won't win,'" she said. "'If we just walk away, he's won.'"

Samuel Whitt
Samuel Whitt has been sentenced to 54 months in jail after admitting to criminal interference with the right to fair housing, in part by the use or attempted use of fire or an explosive. Butler County Jail