November 26, 2014
A Reno man who earlier was placed on one year's probation for defacing scores of buildings and vehicles with graffiti in January was sentenced to two years in jail today for committing the same crime again.
19-year-old Tyler Austin Beck was sentenced to one year
probation in January. He was ordered to pay 15-thousand-dollars in
restitution, placed on house arrest and ordered to do eight hours a
week in graffiti abatement.
Authorities say Beck would spray paint the word "LOVER" and
"HOVER" on local buildings, vehicles, parks, roadways, schools
and trains -- a total of more than 80 acts of vandalism.
Washoe County Deputy District Attorney Elliott Sattler says that
while Beck was on house arrest in March, police spotted him spray
painting "LOVER" on a Union Pacific Car and apprehended him after
he attempted to flee on foot.
Sattler says Beck attempted to argue before Washoe District
Judge Janet Berry today that his vandalism was a form of an
addiction. But he says the court was unmoved.
Berry sentenced him to the maximum -- revoking the probation to
serve a year in the Washoe County jail, to be followed by a second
year in jail for the latest offenses. He also was ordered to pay an
additional 29-hundred dollars in restitution.