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Charges Are Dropped in Graffiti Case

October 21, 2006|From the Associated Press

Prosecutors have dismissed vandalism charges against a 42-year-old mother accused of shuttling her two sons and their three friends around Silver Lake and Echo Park in a sport utility vehicle so they could spray graffiti.

The charges against Victoria Villicano were dropped "in the interest of justice," but her 20-year-old son was prosecuted for spraying graffiti along Sunset Boulevard, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

David Ramirez pleaded guilty to two counts of felony vandalism of more than $400. He was sentenced Thursday to 46 days in County Jail and three years' probation.

Superior Court Judge Norm Shapiro also ordered him to serve 200 hours removing graffiti.

The judge sentenced Villicano to 90 days in jail for violating her probation stemming from a drug arrest earlier this year.

Villicano was charged in January with one felony count of possession or purchase of a cocaine base for sale. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail, with credit for nearly three months served, and was placed on probation.

The status of any charges against the other four suspects, ranging in age from 14 to 16, were not immediately available.

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