ART CRIME

Shepard Fairey pleads guilty to vandalism charges

L.A. Street artist Shepard Fairey, widely praised for his Obama "Hope" poster, pleaded guilty to charges of defacing and destruction of property in a Boston court this week and received a sentence of two years probation, as part of a plea arrangement with prosecutors. Fairey was also ordered to pay $2,000 for graffiti removal and barred from possessing tagging materials unless they were being used for legal art installations. The 39-year old artist, who was originally charged with nearly 30 vandalism-related crimes, issued a public apology to the citizens of Boston for "posting my art in unauthorized spaces without the consent of the owner."