Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Landeros Pleads Guilty

Robert Boyd

Uriel Landeros, in jail for being a malicious idiot

Uriel Landeros, who spray-painted a stencil on Picasso's Woman in  a Red Armchair at the Menil last year, has pleaded guilty to vandalizing the painting. As part of his plea deal, he will be sentenced to two years in prison, of which he has already served five months. I have to say that this does not seem like a very good plea deal on the face of it. The DA dropped the criminal mischief charge and kept the vandalism charge--his sentence could have been longer. But let's face it--the DA didn't have much incentive to cut a good deal because Landeros had 1) been video-taped in the act, 2) bragged about his crime in a statement posted on YouTube.

All this information comes from an article in the Houston Chronicle. The article does not mention restitution to the Menil for costs incurred. I assume that Landeros couldn't pay it in any case, but it seems like he should be required to make some kind of monetary restitution.

As for Landeros' post-prison life, I have only one suggestion: stay away from moronic exploitative hucksters like James Perez.

I hope that this is the last Uriel Landeros post for a long, long time. If you are interested in background on this case, see these earlier posts:

The idiot in the act


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