Man facing 18 graffiti counts pleads not guilty

Graffiti in Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – An Anderson man pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of criminal mischief on Friday.

Police say Jesus Andrade-Mares, 20, spray-painted graffiti on buildings and property in Anderson, including the Paramount Theatre, the Madison County Historical Society, Cabbage Rose Eatery, Frisch’s Big Boy and property belonging to CSX.

According to 24-Hour News 8’s partners, The Herald Bulletin, the charges were filed May 8 after an effort by the business owners whose property was vandalized and the Anderson Police Department.

The total damage cost is estimated at $3,240.

Roger Hensley, vice-president at the historical society, said the graffiti on their building was on a door and the back of the building. While the graffiti has been painted over, Hensley said the door might have to be replaced.

Hensley said it was just designs, nothing vulgar.

Criminal mischief is a Class A misdemeanor and has a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. If convicted and given the maximum on all counts, Andrade-Mares would be looking at 18 years in jail.

Andrade-Mares’ trial date is set for October 7.

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