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Stiff penalties ordered for graffiti vandals


Police say he's responsible for graffiti all over The Fan and VCU and now he's facing some stiff penalties. NBC12 first broke the story about Jermaine Edwards' arrest on multiple property damage charges last summer. Now, we've learned he's literally paying the price.

It's going to take Edwards a lot of time, money and effort to make up for the vandalism. A judge ordered him to do 500 hours of community service, pay more than $10,000 in restitution and write a letter of apology.

That punishment comes after at least ten buildings were tagged. It was close to July 4th, not Halloween, but spray-painted ghosts were found all over The Fan and VCU.

"As soon as my officers see the damage, facilities immediately takes action to clean it up," VCU Police Chief John Venuti said. "It's one of those things that certainly doesn't look very good in this environment."

Venuti says his officers not only saw the damage, but basically caught Edwards red-handed.

"We had an individual that witnessed him actually doing the graffiti and the vandalism," Venuti recalls. "We responded as well as Richmond Police and kind of worked together. There was no question he was the one responsible for the damages."

Police and the court system take the damage very seriously.

"I think the thing is that people look at vandalism and property damage as crimes that are really not serious and for those who are thinking about doing it, bad idea," Venuti warned. "We've got our eyes open every direction you look here in and around VCU."

Edwards is expected back in court for an update in June.

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