LANSING (WWJ/AP) - A 20-year-old Lansing man who pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti at the state Capitol has been sentenced to two years’ probation.
Jeffery Handley appeared Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court, where he also was ordered to pay nearly $3,100 in restitution to the State of Michigan.
The Lansing Community College student pleaded guilty earlier this fall to one count of destruction of a memorial or tomb, a charge that could have landed him behind bars for three months, in exchange for prosecutors dropping two malicious destruction of property counts.
Graffiti discovered Sept. 6 by police included male and female stick figures painted on the Capitol columns and the phrase “Give art a chance” on the memorial.
Handley told the Lansing State Journal his punishment was fair and if he did it again, he “would do it in chalk.” He said the graffiti was a way of putting his signature on “something that belongs to all of us,” although he admitted that spray-painting the war memorial “was excessive.”
“In my mind, I just saw a blank space,” Handley said.
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