PUNISHMENT

Man Sentenced for Smashing Trump’s Walk of Fame Star With Pickaxe

A California man who smashed President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pickaxe last year took a plea deal Wednesday, the New York Daily News reports. Austin Clay, 24, reportedly appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court Wednesday and pleaded “no contest” to “one felony count of vandalism causing more than $400 in damage.” As part of his plea deal, Clay was sentenced to one day in prison (which he reportedly already served), 20 days of community labor, and three years of probation.

In addition, he must also pay $9,404.46 in restitution to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and “attend psychological counseling.” According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Clay could have faced a maximum three years in jail if convicted at trial. He is not the first to vandalize Trump’s star in Los Angeles. James Otis, 54, took a pickaxe and sledgehammer to the star in 2016, and was reportedly sentenced to three years probation. He was also ordered to pay “$3,700 to the Hollywood Historic Trust and $700 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.”