Marysville Leaders Want Harsh Penalties For Graffiti Vandals

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A local community plans to start cracking down on graffiti artists in Marysville.

Marysville city leaders said the unwanted artwork is a nuisance, and anyone caught doing it will face jail time.

City leaders said they are simply fed up with vandals leaving their mark on city property.

Two men were caught red-handed last week tagging a newly renovated bridge over Mill Creek, and now, they are behind bars.

According to a police report obtained by 10TV, two men, Seth Lykins, 20 and Josh Ungurait, 22 were charged with criminal mischief.

Officers said they were spotted spray painting the Maple Street Bridge.

A judge handed down a stiff penalty for both - 30 days in jail, three years’ probation and at least $500 in fines and court costs.

City leaders said although it was a first offense for both men, the harsh penalty will speak to others that think they can get away with such a crime.

"The decision or the sentencing the judge came down with, I was very pleased that he and I were on the same mind that we will not tolerate this kind of graffiti or any kind of damaging to anyone's property," said Mayor John Gore.

The judge also ordered both men to be furloughed from jail next week to repaint the bridge wall at their own expense.

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