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Prada Marfa Vandal Dodges Jail Time in Plea Deal

Scenes of the Prada Marfa vandalism (screenshots via YouTube)
Scenes of the Prada Marfa vandalism, March 2014  (screenshots via YouTube)

The man arrested last March on charges of having vandalized Elmgreen & Dragset’s simulated Prada storefront in Marfa, Texas has escaped jail time with a plea bargain, Glasstire reported. In pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief, defendant Joe Magnano also avoided a trial that was to begin next week in the 394th District Court of Jeff Davis County.

Magnano reportedly paid $10,700 in restitution to Ballroom Marfa, the nonprofit organization which commissioned and maintains the work, on top of a $1,000 fine. A query to Magnano, who spoke to Hyperallergic about his actions last March, was directed to his attorney, William Johnston. Johnston was not immediately available for comment.

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