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The State

A former skinhead gang member associated with a neo-Nazi hate groups drew a five-month jail sentence and a suspended three-year prison term in San Mateo County Superior court for defacing a Jewish synagogue with swastikas. Michael Barrett had pleaded no contest to a felony charge of vandalizing a place of worship. The plea, equal to a plea of guilty, gives Barrett certain protections in any future civil suit. Judge Margaret Kemp also fined him $470, ordered him to pay $274 in restitution, and forbid him to possess cans of black spray paint.


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