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Prolific graffiti vandal sentenced to 270 days in jail

Also ordered to pay more than $14k in restitution, complete community service

Posted: May 7, 2013 4:18 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2013 4:18 p.m.

This photo released by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station depicts a suspect in a string of 160 graffiti incidents around the Santa Clarita Valley. The suspect was later identified as Newhall resident Nicolas Palma, 19.

A young man described as a prolific graffiti vandal having spray-painted property across the Santa Clarita Valley 160 times was sentenced to 270 days in jail and ordered to clean up his mess after he pleaded no contest today to four felony counts, court officials said.

Nicolas Palma, 19, of Newhall, appeared Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court on a dozen felony counts of vandalism and entered a plea of no contest to four charges — three counts of vandalism more than $400 and one count of possession of methamphetamine, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

San Fernando Superior Court Judge Lloyd M. Nash sentenced Palma to five years probation, 270 days in Los Angeles County jail, ordered him to complete 160 hours of graffiti removal and to attend a drug rehabilitation program, she said.

He must also pay more than $14,000 in restitution to the victims including $12,245 to the city of Santa Clarita and $1,000 each to two local businesses — Three Little Fish and Douglas Furniture, the clerk said.

Palma was arrested March 18 on a felony charge of possessing a controlled substance. County prosecutors reviewing the case, however, added a dozen more felony charges of vandalism to the list.
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