Banksy vandal avoids prison time, must pay restitution
November 17, 2014
A 3rd District Court judge Monday sentenced the man who vandalized a Banksy artwork along Main Street just before New Year’s and attempted to get to another one to up to five years in prison but said he would not have to serve time if he complies with other parts of the sentence.
David Noll, who is 36 years old and from Modesto, Calif., appeared before Judge Todd Shaughnessy at Silver Summit more than 11 months after he smashed the glass protecting the angel boy piece and vandalized the artwork with spray paint. The Banksy is on a garage behind the Cunningham Building. Noll attempted to vandalize the Banksy piece depicting a videographer on the Java Cow building, cracking the protective glass. The glass did not break, though.
The judge required Noll perform 100 hours of community service and continue his treatment for mental health issues in California. Noll was put on probation for five years.
Noll is required to pay restitution to the building owners. Prosecutors said the restitution is estimated at between $9,000 and $12,000. Matthew Bates, who led the prosecution for the Summit County Attorney’s Office, said $9,100 in restitution has been deposited with the court. The remainder has not been calculated. The majority of the overall amount of restitution is sought to reimburse the owner of the Cunningham Building for hiring a painting conservator to remove most of Noll’s spray paint and then restore the piece.
Noll apologized inside the courtroom when the judge asked him if he wanted to make a statement. He said he feels terrible about the vandalism.
Noll in September pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony count of criminal mischief. Prosecutors reduced the charge from a second-degree felony as part of a plea agreement. Summit County Attorney David Brickey in September also indicated he would not recommend Noll serve prison time as part of the agreement.