BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Grand Island man was sentenced to five years probation Monday by an Erie County judge.
Richard Whitefield's vandalism spree came to an end in February after he admitted to using graffiti to tag the name "BCUZ" near the Peace Bridge and the pedestrian walkway over the 198.
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The man admitted to using graffiti on public property and picked those high-profile spots because a lot of people would see what he did.
In addition to serving probation, the 25-year-old man is ordered to spend 1,000 hours of cleaning up graffiti across the city, including his own.
Erie County Court Judge, Sheila Ditullio told the man in court, "You told me when you pled guilty Mr. Whitfield, you did this as some type of rebellion against authority and society. Quite frankly I was at a loss of how to respond to that. But I will say this Mr. Whitfield, that the city of Buffalo is not your canvas. This is vandalism and destruction of other people's property- period."
Whitefield will also have to pay the city $1,000 for cleanup costs.
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