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Notorious Tagger Is Given Jail Sentence

October 09, 1998

One of the state's most notorious graffiti vandals, who tagged everything from the Golden Gate bridge to the walls at Disneyland, apparently has yet to mend his ways.

Daniel "Chaka" Ramos was sentenced to a year and three months in jail Wednesday for stealing Nike shoes from a Mervyn's department store and for violating the terms of his probation in earlier convictions, authorities said.

Ramos achieved notoriety after covering an estimated 10,000 surfaces across the state with his moniker. Authorities hunted him for three years before catching him. He was arrested in 1990, as he scribbled "Chaka" on a Lincoln Heights traffic light.

He had completed probation on past convictions when he was arrested last month, Deputy City Atty. Terry Siegel.

The probation violations he was sentenced for on Wednesday relate to drug paraphernalia charges and vandalism, she said.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Michael Duffey sentenced Ramos to a year for the petty theft and an additional three months for the violation of probation.

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