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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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Mostafa Heddaya

Mostafa Heddaya is the former managing editor of Hyperallergic.