2 more charged in anti-graffiti campaign plead guilty

Both pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of violating Atlanta’s anti-graffiti ordinance.

Christopher Erik Smith, 29, of northeast Atlanta, who decorated walls, fences and buildings with his tag “Vomet,” was sentenced to six months of probation, a $500 fine, court costs, $3,550 in restitution and 50 hours of community service to be performed in the Old Fourth Ward community.

Douglas Grantham Jones, 19, of northeast Atlanta, aka “Beav,” was sentenced to six months of probation, a $300 fine, court costs and $5,650 in restitution.

Theirs are the latest convictions in the city’s campaign against graffiti vandalism that netted seven arrests in October. The five others who were arrested then have received similar sentences.

“These pleas send a clear signal to those who choose to deface public and private property that there are consequences for their actions,” said Deputy Chief Renee Propes, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Community Services Division. “Graffiti is a blight on our communities.”

Graffiti abatement coordinator Ari Bleifeld has made three additional arrests, and those cases are pending, Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said.

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