Woman gets 30 days for vandalizing Los Angeles federal courthouse

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A Los Angeles woman was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 9, to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $8,250 in restitution for spray-painting graffiti on the front wall of the downtown Los Angeles federal courthouse three years ago during a rowdy street protest tied to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Colleen Newton, 24, pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor count of “depredation against government property” for spray-painting “BACON GETS FRIED,” with the last word underlined, on the building’s outside front wall during the July 25, 2020, protest, according to her plea agreement.

Newton was captured on surveillance video defacing the front marble wall of the courthouse on First Street with red spray paint near the main entrance, according to court papers.

Demonstrators reportedly organized the protest in response to federal agents being sent to Portland, Oregon to calm nightly protests that began following the May 25, 2020, killing of Floyd.

Several weeks after committing the vandalism, Newton was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department at another demonstration for attempting to penetrate LAPD’s skirmish line, prosecutors said.

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