A 27-year-old man has pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in a case that included painting graffiti on a building in Old Sacramento.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian sentenced Brian Quillin to 210 days in Sacramento County jail and five years of searchable probation. Quillin also is prohibited from possessing graffiti tools or paraphernalia and associating with known graffiti taggers. He was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the locations where the offenses were committed and to pay restitution to the victims, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On Feb. 6, Quillin, tagged his graffiti moniker “PHERM” on the Pioneer Square building in Old Sacramento. On Feb. 9, he tagged the same moniker on a sound wall near Winter Garden Avenue and Northgate Boulevard. He left his moniker on a billboard along Highway 160 on March 29. The graffiti caused an estimated $2,200 to $2,700 in damage, authorities said.
A Sacramento code enforcement officer recognized the PHERM moniker from a 2008 graffiti case, initiating an investigation by the Sacramento Police Department, Code Enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office. Social media accounts belonging to Quillin contained images of the current graffiti and posts regarding the 2008 graffiti prosecution, all of which were used to tie him to the crimes in this case, authorities said.
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