Jail Time Possible for Decapitator of Garfield Statue

By: E&P Staff

A Indiana man who said he accidentally beheaded a Garfield statue has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, according to an Associated Press story linked today on DailyCartoonist.com.

The 23-year-old defendant was charged with criminal mischief and criminal conversion — charges that can each lead to a one-year jail term. A sentencing hearing is slated for March 19.

When the Marion, Ind.-based Garfield statue was decapitated in mid-December, police first thought it was a case of deliberate vandalism. But the arrested man told police that he hugged the statue in a “crazy” way, its head fell off, he panicked, and then he took the head and left it alongside a road in another location.

The $8,500 statue was unveiled in October.

Marion is in the home county of “Garfield” creator Jim Davis, whose cat comic appears in more than 2,600 newspapers via Universal Press Syndicate.

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