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Graffiti artists sentenced to jail, community service

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Updated: 5/09/2013 4:15 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- A graffiti artist in the city of Starkville will serve jail time and spend 10 days working to cover up graffiti in the city.

Colton Jackson Stephens, 20, of Germantown, Tennessee was arrested last October after the name "OwenS" was spray painted in several areas around town over the course of a year.

The architecture student at Mississippi State admitted to authorities he was responsible for the graffiti.

He was charged with multiple counts of malicious mischief, and pleaded guilty to 16 counts in Starkville Municipal Court.

Stephens was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but will only have to serve 48 hours pending good behavior.

He must also spend 10 days with the Starkville Police Department Work Program cleaning up graffiti in the city.

Stephens was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and serve six months probation.






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