The former University of Hartford student accused of putting her bodily fluids in and on her black roommate’s belongings was sentenced to a special form of probation that could allow her to avoid a criminal record.
The Hartford Courant reported that Brianna Brochu, 18, was sentenced Monday to accelerated rehab, which entails 200 hours of community service. If she completes the program and doesn’t get into any more trouble, breach of peace and criminal mischief charges will be dropped after two years.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Brochu allegedly took to Instagram and bragged about rubbing used tampons on then-roommate Chennel Rowe’s backpack, spitting in her coconut oil, and tampering with her toothbrush. Brochu is believed to have made the omissions after Rowe informed her that she was changing dorm rooms.
— tsunami taj (@EverythingTaj) October 31, 2017
“Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!” Brochu wrote in the alleged post.
“After 1 1/2 months of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush where the sun doesn’t shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie.”
During a Facebook live stream, Rowe claimed she had a sore throat for the month she lived with Brochu, possibly from using the compromised toothbrush.
So this is what happened….
Posted by Jazzy Rowe on Monday, October 30, 2017
The University of Hartford expelled Brochu shortly after the Instagram post came to light.
Despite her alleged “Jamaican Barbie” comment, defense attorney Thomas Stevens said he doesn’t believe his client’s actions were racially-motivated. In December, it was reported that the teen will likely avoid hate crime charges.
“With the consequences she has endured… death threats…she knows she made a mistake,” Stevens said in court this week, according to the Courant.
In court, Rowe said the ordeal has caused nightmares and resulted in her pausing her collegiate goals.
“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, calling Brochu’s actions “acts of hate.”
Let me make this VERY CLEAR for those who are trying to tell ME I agree with what just went down today. I DO NOT AGREE…
Stephens reportedly advised Brochu to not apologize sooner, apparently in an effort to avoid a civil lawsuit.
Brochu was also ordered to not contact Rowe and submit to a mental health evaluation.
“The Internet has a long memory and you will have to do a lot of good to live down these allegations,” the judge told Brochu.
“You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments.”
[Featured Image: Chennel Rowe/Facebook; Brianna Brochu/West Hartford Police Department]