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Capitol, War Memorial Vandal Faces Jail Time, Fines


The artist responsible for spray painting the Capitol and neighboring war memorial is now facing up to three months in jail and thousands in fines.

In early September, 20-year-old Jeffery Scott Handley spray painted stick figures and "Give Art A Chance" on the Capitol Building and a war memorial. According to the Lansing City Pulse, he pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday in circuit court. He was charged with felony count of malicious destruction of tombs and memorials and two other misdemeanors for defacing public property. The latter were dropped.

If convicted, he could face jail time up to three months along with three times the amount of property damage or $10,000, whichever is greater.

Handley is scheduled for sentencing on December 5.

Handley's attorney Denise Hairston told the Pulse she plans on filing a petition on Handley's behalf. If accepted the petition, he could still serve time, but it wouldn't appear on his record.

"First of all, he's never been in trouble before," Hairston told the Lansing City Pulse. "Secondly, he's remorseful. The statute was made to help young adults who make stupid mistakes. He still has a successful life he could live. Having a felony on your record hurts a lot of individuals."

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