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Man who vandalized Vietnam War Memorial in Venice sentenced to 4 years in prison

A man walks past the Vietnam veterans mural that had protective plastic covering after vandals sprayed paint on it.
A man walks past the Vietnam veterans mural, which was covered with plastic after it was vandalized just before Memorial Day.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A 24-year-old man who vandalized a Vietnam War memorial last year in Los Angeles has been sentenced to four years in state prison.

A court spokeswoman said Friday that Angel Castro was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court after pleading no contest Jan. 13 to vandalism and robbery.

Taggers defaced the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Venice just before Memorial Day.

The wall was spray-painted from one end to the other with giant white letters covering about a third of the names on it.

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The memorial created by a local artist was dedicated in 1992. It bears the names of 2,273 service members who were prisoners of war or missing in action.

Castro was also ordered to pay $38,000 restitution.

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