A couple of UK graffiti artists were such good artists, that a London judge decided to impose the “least possible sentence” for them, allowing them to take their art from to a legal setting.
Keiron Cummings, 21, Alex Rowe, 22, and Billy McColl, 17, called themselves “SMT” (i.e. System Tumors) as they caused more than $240,000 in damages by vandalizing trains at night.
The UK graffiti artists are known on Tumblr and other social media sites for their work.
Judge Henry Blacksell said he understood public frustration at the damage caused, but he didn’t think they deserved to go to jail for a long time after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
“I will pass the least possible sentence,” Blacksell said. “I don’t endorse it but I understand the adrenaline rush and the feeling it gives them … I will by as lenient as I can be. They’ve got talent and some of Mr Rowe’s portfolio you would be proud of.”
The least possible sentence still included jail time: Cummings was sentenced two years in prison and Rowe was sentenced to nine months, while McColl was sentences to a six-month youth detention training order.
Hopefully the trio of vandals will find a constructive way to display their art.
Jordan Shepherd | Elite.