Man sentenced for graffiti incident

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A Holts Summit man will serve probation and community service after pleading guilty to a graffiti offense.

Landen Talbert pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree property damage. A charge of first-degree property damage was dropped.

He was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and six months of community service.

A Cole County Sheriff’s Office probable cause statement states the USPS office building and a work vehicle in the 5100 block of Simpson Street in Russellville were tagged with spray paint graffiti in February. Authorities investigated the incident using surveillance video and witness accounts for leads.

An initial suspect was identified through interviews at nearby Russellville High School, and he admitted he had painted the graffiti with another subject he identified as “Linden.” The suspect admitted the pair had tagged numerous signs and buildings, including the USPS site, and had burned clothing and other material used during the graffiti spree.

Talbert was located and allegedly admitted to the tagging incident Friday. He showed authorities his signature tag, which was found at the sites in Russellville.

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