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Man pleads guilty in Picasso vandalism case

Man pleads guilty in Picasso vandalism case

Uriel Landeros

Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- A man accused of vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting in an act that was caught on cellphone video has pleaded guilty in exchange for a two-year prison sentence.

Uriel Landeros had faced felony graffiti and criminal mischief charges accusing him of spray-painting “Woman in a Red Armchair” at the Menil Collection in Houston.

Emily Detoto, Landeros’ attorney, says that at a court hearing Tuesday, her client pleaded guilty to the graffiti charge as part of a deal with prosecutors. The other charge was dropped.

The painting was damaged June 13. A bystander captured the act in a 24-second video that was posted on YouTube. The vandal left behind an image of a bullfighter, a bull and the word “conquista,” the Spanish word for conquest.

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