Missions Graffiti Vandals Sentenced


The three young people, two women and a man, who thought it would be cool to spray anti-Trump graffiti on two of San Antonio's World Heritage Site will have to pay for the repairs but managed to dodge prison time, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Almost every moment that Gabriella Fritz, Andres Castaneda, and Sydney Faris spent defacing Mission San Juan and Misson San Jose was captured on surveillance video, making it a snap for the three to be arrested and positively identified.

They spray painted phrases like 'END ICE' and mocking the message Melania Tump wrote on the back of her jacket during a summertime visit to immigrant detention centers in south Texas.

The three will have to pay just over $10,000 restitution to the National Park System.

Chief Ranger Gregory Smith told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board that their mischief ruined parts of the park.

"The paint that was used, could not be cleaned, despite multiple attempts to do so," he said. "It must be replaced."

The three, who prosecutors said were 'drunk and high' when they committed the crime, will also have to do 200 hours of community service, all of it will be spent cleaning up trash from the grounds of of the missions, and they will all be on probation for five years.

"We specifically did not remove some of the graffiti from Mission San Jose, hoping that some day, the defendants would return and remove it themselves," Smith said.