October 26, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - An artist who painted a graffiti protest on a Chic-fil-A restaurant has pleaded no contest and been sentenced to three years' probation.
Manuel Castro Jr., a West Hollywood artist, entered the plea Friday to accusations that he painted a picture of a cow and the words: "Tastes Like Hate" protesting the Chick-fil-A president's comments against same-sex marriage.
City News Service reported that Castro pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor vandalism charge and was sentenced to three years' probation, 200 hours of community service and $800 in fines and fees. He was ordered to stay away from Chick-fil-A establishments for the term of his probation.
He also was barred from possessing any paint, paintbrushes, spray paint, aerosol cans or vandalism tools outside his home. A restitution hearing was set for Jan.9.
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