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Landeros Surrenders!

landerosAlleged Menil Picasso vandal Uriel Landeros surrendered himself to federal marshals at the at the international bridge near McAllen, Texas on the US/Mexico border. His lawyer, Emily DeToto, brokered the surrender, which she sai was prompted by urgings from Landeros family. He is expected to be brought to Harris county in a few days to face charges of criminal mischief and felony graffiti.

also by Bill Davenport

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12 Responses

  1. Bill Davenport

    What would a just outcome be (assuming he’s guilty as charged)? A $50 fine? Ten years in state prison? or something in-between? Let’s discuss.

    1. People get less than ten years for murder
      Vandalizing property is one thing but as for the criminality of bad art, let he who is without sin among us cast the first stone. Undergrad work and that stuff in back of the studio closet will be entered into evidence.

  2. Majo Augustine

    It must be routine for the courts aside from the object, location and activist intent. How many vandals are picked up in a week in Houston? I think community service and a reasonable fine would be proportional. Most important for equal protection is keeping ‘Picasso’ and ‘Menil’ off of the scales, perhaps.

      1. Majo Augustine

        Yes, I forgot damages. I don’t imagine it is very much. An hour or two of a conservator’s time? The Menil couldn’t hope for a more ineffectual vandal.

  3. Supposedly, his stencil removed some of the actual oil paint. So the damage is permanent – that changes things.
    And like I said before, a light punishment seriously opens the door for more of the same.

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