Above is a photo ESPN the Magazine took and subsequently printed of Jeff Monson vandalizing the Washington state Capitol that landed him in some pretty serious trouble with the law. The Olympian has the details.
Prosecutors have charged Olympia mixed-martial-arts champion and avowed anarchist Jeff Monson with first-degree malicious mischief based on photographs published in a December edition of ESPN The Magazine that showed him spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the state Capitol, court papers state.
A warrant for Monson’s arrest was filed today in Thurston County Superior Court. Monson, 37, is charged with first-degree malicious mischief, a Class B felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
The graffiti cost $19,000 to clean up, court papers state.
Not that I condone criminal activity by any means, but if you’re going to break the law, wouldn’t the first item on your pre-crime checklist be something along the lines of making sure no one is around to take a picture of you committing the crime???
Well, in most cases, I suppose, but Monson has been known to stand up for his beliefs, so perhaps, he didn’t care if everyone knew it was him. At least he wasn’t dumb enough to sign his name, unlike this genius.
Peter Addison and his friend Mark Ridgeway vandalized the Toc H centre, a children’s campsite building. They smashed crockery, set off fire extinguishers, and drew grafitti on the walls. Part of the grafitti said “Peter Addison was here.” Police found Addison through a computer database. Both teenagers pled guilty and were ordered to pay for the damage.
Inspector Gareth Woods, of Cheshire Police, said: “This crime is up there with the dumbest of all in the criminal league table.
“There are some pretty stupid criminals around, but to leave your own name at the scene of the crime takes the biscuit.”
God bless the stupid criminal.