Vandals Pay for Desecrating Cemetery

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Friday, December 22 2006 Dec 22, 2006 Friday, December 22, 2006 7:41:00 PM CST December 22, 2006 in News
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ST. JOSEPH - Two teenagers face 500 hours of community service to help fix $70,000 in vandalism they did at a historic cemetery. Prosecutors said the two 17-year-olds and four juveniles climbed the fence of the 150-year-old Mount Mora Cemetery on Sept. 28 and tipped over grave markers and scattered funerary materials from tombs. One of the damaged monuments was that of Silas Woodson, governor of Missouri from 1873-1875. The 17-year-olds were also put on four years' supervised probation and ordered to pay $250 dollars each into the cemetery's insurance deductible. They were also ordered to write a letter of apology to be published in the St. Joseph News-Press. Mount Mora is one of the only cemeteries in Missouri on the National Register of Historic Places.

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