Man accused of painting swastikas on graves is no stranger to the police

May 26, 2018: Grave markers with swastikas painted on them in the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Ill.

(AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The Illinois man accused of painting swastikas on more than 200 gravestones on Memorial Day weekend has a long history of run-ins with the law, allegedly, ranging from trying to punch an officer in writing letters to a judge blasting the country’s “skewed” legal system.

Timothy V. McLean, a 34-year-old man from Glen Carbon, was charged this week with a number of crimes for the alleged acts of last weekend at Sunset Hill Cemetery, but it is not the first time that he has been accused of plastering the Nazi symbol on public property, police said.

They claim McLean also has swastikas painted on houses in a neighboring town, cars, mailboxes, at a country club – and even three churches – dating from the beginning of April. McLean is hit with lots of hate crime and crime costs arising from these alleged incidents.

Timothy V. McLean has a history of run-ins with the law, the police say.

(Glen Carbon Police)

On top of this, McLean was previously convicted of harassment of the Edwardsville Police Department via the phone, in which he is said to have made racially charged remarks, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. The costs in this case were submitted in July 2016, but McLean was not found mentally fit to stand trial until the following year, after he spent time at a mental health centre.

Years earlier, in 2003, he was charged with taking a swing at an Edwardsville police officer, who pleaded to one year of court supervision and public service, among other conditions, the newspaper added.

In 2004, McLean was charged with swerving his car in the direction of a neighbor let his dog out while he threatened another man that he would “blow a hole in your head,” he said.

In 2009, McLean was sentenced for threatening a public official and sentenced to two years in prison. From there, he allegedly written repeated letters to Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp demanding he, “LET ME OUT”, while also calling the court system “warp.”

McLean is currently being held Wednesday in Madison County Jail on two bonds, both with a $ 100,000.

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