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Guilty Pleas In Racially-Tinged Vandalism Cases

Guilty Pleas In Racially-Tinged Vandalism Cases

The city prosecutor says three men have pleaded guilty in connection with racially-tinged vandalism. The case stems from incidents in June where “KKK” and “White Power” were spray-painted on some cars and a house in Fry’s Spring and Johnson Village. Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman says destruction of property does not qualify as a condition for charging somebody under the Virginia hate crime law. Nevertheless, Chapman says the language was disturbing, and the three defendants admitted that┬átheir conduct was immature. Marvin Bush, Yoni Ortiz and Saul Urrea pleaded guilty to destruction of property and were given suspended sentences. They must also perform community service and make restitution.