A second man pleaded no contest Wednesday to defacing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Venice simply earlier than Memorial Day final yr.
Luis Daniel Medina, 20, was instantly sentenced to ninety days of group service — 60 days of graffiti removing and 30 days with the Veterans Administration — together with 17 days already served behind bars and three years formal probation, in line with Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Medina — who pleaded no contest to at least one felony rely of vandalism and one misdemeanor rely of possession of instruments to commit vandalism — was additionally ordered to pay $38,750 in restitution and to write down a letter of apology to the Veterans Administration, in response to Santiago.
Angel Castro, 25, was charged individually and pleaded no contest final Dec. thirteen to vandalism. He was ordered to serve 4 years behind bars and to pay restitution, officers stated.
A bench warrant has been issued for a 3rd man, Jose Adan Villa, 20, who failed to point out up in courtroom for a listening to earlier this month, in response to Santiago.
Vandals sprayed a thick sheen of silver paint over a lot of the 2,273 names of Vietnam veterans on the memorial final Might 26, with 4 monikers among the many names discovered on the scene, authorities stated.
Painted within the early Nineteen Nineties, the mural has a message on the prime studying “You Are Not Forgotten” and bears the names of the troopers counted as prisoners of struggle or lacking in motion in Vietnam.
Although most, if not all, of the paint was eliminated by volunteers earlier than Memorial Day, the many years-previous mural had no protecting anti-graffiti coating so a few of the unique mural was destroyed within the course of.
Metropolis Councilman Mike Bonin referred to as the graffiti a “horrible insult to those that paid the sacrifice for his or her nation.”
— Metropolis Information Service
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