Felony Criminal Mischief Charged in Art Destruction

by admin on October 7, 2010

A woman who was offended by a piece of artwork in a museum was charged with felony criminal mischief after destroying a piece in a Colorado museum. 

According to the Reporter Herald and the Denver Channel, the piece was a print of an image of Jesus Christ committing a sex act.  The woman broke through a Plexiglas display case where the image was on display at the Loveland Museum Gallery, and tore up the print.

The woman is said to be a Christian, who considered the artwork a desecration.

A felony criminal mischief charge in Colorado can result in up to 12 years in prison, and fines of up to $750,000 if convicted of the charge. The piece in question was valued at $3400, making it a Class 4 felony under Colorado law. A Class 4 felony criminal mischief charge in Colorado  carries with it a maximum penalty of up to 6 years in prison, and a $500,000 fine.

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