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Oklahoma man admits to crashing into statue

Police say that a man drove his vehicle into and damaged a statue of the Ten Commandments on Oct. 23 in Oklahoma City. According to authorities, the man claimed to be a Satanist and made claims that Satan forced the man to commit the action. The defendant also reportedly urinated on the monument, which was erected in 2012 and costed over $10,000, and made defamatory comments about the president to authorities.

The man confessed to the act at an Oklahoma City federal building and was then turned over to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for questioning. A spokesperson for the OHP did not comment on any more details about the case.

In a property crime case, an individual could face a variety of different penalties. It may be possible for even a first-time offender to serve jail time or pay a fine. Probation, house detention or community service are also possible penalties.

Anyone charged with a vandalism or property crime is considered innocent until proven guilty. Even if evidence seems to point to a guilty verdict, a defense attorney could help a client escape some or all penalties by securing an acquittal at trial or negotiating a plea deal. A plea deal may involve the client pleading guilty in exchange for reduced penalties or dropped charges. A lawyer may also argue, if the crime involved a vehicle, that a malfunction was the primary cause of an incident or that a person was mentally incapable of being held liable for their actions.

Source: ABC News, "Car Smashes Ten Commandments Statue, Man Detained", Sean Murphy, October 24, 2014

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