By Jeff German
This week, the 17-year-old youth charged with defacing the Red Rock area received his punishment behind closed doors in federal court, ending a case that rallied the community to help remove the spray-painted graffiti.
U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson on Wednesday sentenced the unidentified youth to nine months behind bars, which he already has served. The judge also placed him on nine months of supervised release and ordered him to pay $23,775 in restitution to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The defaced rock art panels on Aztec sandstone slabs and walls contain pictographs, painted symbols, the BLM estimates are 1,000 years old. One slab has a petroglyph, stone etching, that might be older.
For more on rock art, see "Not Cool" to Deface Rock Art and Rock Art = 3rd-Grade Doodling? For more on Red Rock Canyon, see 2010 Christmas Pix.
Below: "Wyatt Mulvey, a volunteer with Friends of Red Rock Canyon, sprays water May 19 to restore an ancient rock art site near Lost Creek that was damaged by graffiti vandals in November." (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review/Journal)