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Judge Sends Message To Graffiti Vandals

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

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On August 2nd, a federal magistrate judge increased the penalties in a proposed plea agreement to send a strong message that vandalizing the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fortification in the United Sates, would not be tolerated. On January 20th, St. Augustine police officers came upon a man and a woman in their early 20's in possession of spray paint cans that led to their subsequent arrest for graffiti at the Castillo de San Marcos and other sites throughout the city of St Augustine. Ranger Jill Jaworski was able to locate eight separate spray painted areas on federal property and filed charges against the vandals with the United States Attorney’s Office. The violators were each sentenced to 30 days home detention, two years of probation, a $1,000 fine, 200 hours community service (to be completed at the park), and restitution of close to $850 in materials and labor necessary to remove the graffiti. Imprisonment was waived only due to the fact that the violators had no previous records. Local media interest in this case has been high.



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