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A teenaged graffiti vandal has promised to pay $105,703 to the City of Vista, at the rate of $50 per month, as restitution for “knowingly and with malice” destroying property.

Ramona Elena Montes, 18, admitted five separate acts that caused property damage in a plea deal she signed on May 14, 2013. She made the deal after she was in jail two weeks, charged with more than 60 separate criminal acts, 40 felonies and 22 misdemeanors.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Sergeant G. Twyman had claimed the petite Latina was responsible for more than 300 incidents of graffiti, between August of 2012 and April of 2013, and that Montes signed her defacements HAZE.

The admitted felon is now at liberty, it appears that she served half of her agreed-upon six-month sentence. Montes is now on five years formal probation.

San Diego Superior Court Judge David L. Berry ordered the teen: “Do not associate with any person you know is a member of CFB Cali Female Bombers” and “Do not knowingly be in possession of tagging tools, ie spray paint/markers/etching tools.”

Ramona Elena Montes, 18, was ordered to begin restitution payments sixty days after release from custody.

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Javajoe25 Aug. 15, 2013 @ 11:02 p.m.

Let's see...$105,[email protected] $50 a month...that works out to be 2,114 payments...and at 12 payments a year, it will only take her 176 years to pay this off.

Hmm...either somebody thinks taggers are prone to extraordinary longevity, or the judge inhaled some spray paint before passing this sentence.


jnojr Aug. 16, 2013 @ 1:09 p.m.

What difference does it make how long it will take her to pay? She owes the money. Let her pay $200 a month, and she can be done in 44 years. And if she can never pay it off, and winds up dying broke, oh well... maybe she'll serve as an object lesson for the next idiot who wants to commit acts of vandalism.


Javajoe25 Aug. 16, 2013 @ 6:15 p.m.

Jnojr, my point was she will never pay the penalty because she won't live long enough.

Hey--don't get me wrong-- I would have no problem with snipping off the tip of her spray paint finger. I hate that eye pollution. But why not give her a penalty that is both doable and really drives the point home, like...working on a graffiti abatement program every weekend, cleaning up other taggers smutterings for, say...5 years? That would be getting more than $50 a month out of her hide and cleaning things up at the same time. As other taggers get busted and get the same penalty, we end up having a self-serve clean-up army: taggers cleaning up after taggers. A very zen solution if I may say so myself.


alnc Aug. 27, 2013 @ 3:21 p.m.

It will probably cost more than 50 bucks a month for the court system to check on her to see if she is making the payments.


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