The woman sentenced for anti-Trump graffiti received over 100 days in jail. Victoria Jayne Bay, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of felony vandalism for spray painting anti-trump graffiti on the Hall of Justice, the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, the Hall of Records and the county’s Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant. The full sentence includes 180 days in jail, 3 years of probation and restitution payments.
The woman was caught on camera spray painting the grafitti on buildings, though police were not initially able to locate her. Later, LAPD officers stopped to cite a woman with an open container near 1st Street and Soto Avenue and discovered that it was the suspect. The damage to the buildings is estimated to be more than $10,000. Her restitution hearing is set for January 4.
Felony vandalism is covered under California Penal Code 594 PC and is described as maliciously defacing, damaging or destroying someone else’s property. Depending on the monetary amount of damage caused, vandalism can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If the damage caused amounts to less than $400, the vandalism is charged as a misdemeanor. If the amount of damage is $400 or greater, it can be charged as a felony.
Misdemeanor penalties include up to 1 year in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000 (or $5,000 if the defendant has a prior vandalism conviction), and/or informal probation. Felony charges carry the possible penalties of up to 1 year in county jail, a fine of up to $10,000 (or $50,000 if the damage is over $10,000), and informal probation.