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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Graveyard Destruction Sentencing

(St. Josephs Cemetery As it Looked After Vandalism)
                  (Photo By Jim Hennessy)

A 23-month conditional sentence, two years probation and three months behind bars he served while in remand.

That is part of the sentence handed down to Dana Bartlett.
The 20-year old pleaded guilty to knocking over 300 headstones in the St. Josephs Cemetery in East Saint John back in April.

In handing down sentence, Judge Brien pointed out that Bartlett is also under house arrest, must complete 240 hours of community service and stay away from all cemeteries.

Judge Brien also pointed out Bartlett has a history of mental illness that led to his decision.

Bartlett also suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome when first born and was brought up in a dysfunctional family but has been ordered to get into the programs that will make him a productive member of society.
In adressing the court, Bartlett apologizes for his action and points out it has ruined his name in this community for the rest of his life.