Vandals of statue sentenced to procession with donkey. (Nation).
The couple led Sidney, a donkey provided by a petting zoo, through the streets while carrying a sign that said, "Sorry for the jackass offense." The procession allowed Lane and Patrick to avoid a longer jail sentence. Police said the statue was stabbed and the Satanic numerals 666 painted on it. The two must also replace the statue, complete drug and alcohol counseling and serve 45 days in jail.
"This is a kind of conscience-flogging," said Painesville Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti, who is known for his unusual sentences meant to shame criminals. "It is intended to bring them some public humiliation, Hopefully it will serve as a deterrent."
When the 30-minute walk ended at the Fairport Harbor police station, Lange apologized to the townspeople.
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|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 14, 2003|
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