MMA fighter busted for graffiti

September 16, 2009, 6:49 AM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A mixed martial arts fighter accused of spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Washington state Capitol has pleaded guilty to malicious mischief.

Jeff Monson, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Capitol case, and entered an Alford plea for graffiti at the Lacey armed services recruitment centre.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes there would be enough evidence to convict if the case went to trial.

Monson, who fights under the nickname The Snowman, was charged after a picture of him and the graffiti was published in ESPN The Magazine. | See photo here.

Prosecutors say they will recommend that Monson serve a 90-day jail sentence. He also must pay US$21,894 in restitution as part of the plea deal.

Monson’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

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