Phoenix's "No.1 Graffiti Vandal" Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

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You might not see William Barajas or his tag, MAWD around Phoenix streets for a while; Phoenix Judge Sherry K. Stephens sentenced Barajas to two and a half years in prison after he confessed to more than 300 acts of graffiti in Phoenix.

The 20-year-old was caught tagging a light pole last year. His charges include one class 4 felony count of aggravated criminal damage and one class 5 aggregated count of criminal damage.

City representatives and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery touted Barajas as the Phoenix's "No. 1 Graffiti Vandal," a title many local graffiti writers are confused by because his tag isn't widely recognized in the community and virtually untraceable in any of the local graffiti photo-sharing circles.

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William Barajas
Barajas' sentencing comes at a hot time in the national graffiti scene -- big-name artists including SABER and REVOK (who was arrested for graffiti in April) took to writing in the skies while protesting Los Angeles' crackdown on street art. Los Angeles officials have said the issue and crackdown stems from graffiti and tagging, both on city-owned property and on top of legal murals.

This week, two Tempe residents, 22-year-old Thomas Greyeyes, and 20-year-old Elizabeth Miles, were arrested for criminal damage after painting the word "PEAKS" in mud on buildings in Flagstaff. The two claimed their work was part of a school art project, though public art and protest of snowmaking at the Arizona Snowbowl has been on the rise since mid-June.

Barajas' actions weren't political and his charges don't stop with graffiti. According to Phoenix police, he also plead guilty to two of the three burglary counts, for which he was also sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison (which will be served at the same time as his graffiti sentence) and ordered to pay damages to the locations and entities he tagged.

After Barajas is released, he'll be on supervised probation for three years.

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33 comments
kakezillah
kakezillah

FUCK YOU!! FREE MAWD!! IGNORANT SHITS.

Don Draper
Don Draper

Good!  Little bastards.  I spent Saturday painting over that crap.

Concerned Resident
Concerned Resident

He should get a little time in jail, but his bigger sentence should be to repay and clean up all of the damage he's caused.  Of course, he'd probably go ahead and just take a longer jail sentence rather than face all of the work and money he'd have to fork over to pay for all the shit he's caused.

And, if he's not #1 (or not even "widely recognized") then there's a lot more shitheads out that that need to be caught and punished..

Lolamp123
Lolamp123

DUmbass people would rather have graffiti writers prisoned while real criminals and rapists roam free your all pieces of shit anyway always assuming mexicans do graffiti lmao old people fuck off

FUCKYOU
FUCKYOU

dont hate.. once you start tagging it never leaves he can draw some more shit up in prison.. prep for when he gets out.. FREE MAWD

Tcddd
Tcddd

Sentence should have been longer. Should have also included repayment for the cost of cleanup

CrankyNugget
CrankyNugget

Good. One more arrogant little shit off the streets for awhile.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Like I was sayin', we give prison sentences for pretty trivial offenses here in Arizona. Off with their heads!

No1uno
No1uno

#1? Not even close. 

Opinionated
Opinionated

well spoken murders, rapists ,drug offenders get a slap on the hand and roam around killing our children and all dis person did was color on a wall and he gets 2.5 years seriously arizona get with the program and stop crying over pity bullshit ...!

CrankyNugget
CrankyNugget

Graffiti vandals are real criminals. And let's not forget the burglary convictions.

So... you're the dumbass and you fuck off.

Mene Tekel
Mene Tekel

So why aren't you on prison? You'd count for at least two arrogant shits.

CrankyNugget
CrankyNugget

Such meticulous bullshit. Your mother must be proud. Hold on, let me ask her, she's right underneath me. Oh... sorry, she said you were her greatest embarrassment.

CrankyNugget
CrankyNugget

You've given me something to think about.

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