Man who vandalized menorah accepted into Second Chance program

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CHAMPAIGN – In an update to a story WAND first brought you in August, a 20-year-old who damaged a menorah on the University of Illinois campus has been accepted into the State’s Attorney’s Office Felony Second Chance Program.

Parkland student Max Kristy was accepted into the program after appearing in court for damaging a menorah at the Chabad Jewish Center on the Urbana-Champaign campus on August 19.

Kristy was recorded on surveillance video pushing the menorah several times before it fell over. This caused the menorah to break at its base. The act caused an estimated $2,269 in damages. Kristy was preliminarily charged with criminal damage to property.

Our partners at the News-Gazette report Kristy was in court on September 8 and waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. He appeared in court again on Tuesday, November 3.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz reports the Second Chance gives class 3 and 4 non-violent felony first offenders who accept responsibility for their offenses the opportunity to perform public service work, make restitution and demonstrate compliance with the law prior to adjudication.

Kristy will perform 25 hours of public service work, pay full restitution for the damage to the menorah and demonstrate compliance with the law.

If the offender completes the terms of the program within 90 days, his charges will be reduced to a misdemeanor charge. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Criminal Damage to Property.

According to the State’s Attorney, his case has been continued to November 19 for finalization of the agreement.

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