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Jeff Monson Faces 10 Years for “First-Degree Malicious Mischief”

 
(Photo courtesy of ESPN The Magazine via Fightlinker.)

According to The Olympian, a warrant has been filed in Olympia, Washington, for the arrest of UFC vet Jeff Monson, after pictures of him spray-painting an anarchy symbol on the state Capitol were published in ESPN The Magazine. Monson is being charged with first-degree malicious mischief, a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; $19,000 was reportedly spent on cleaning up the graffiti, so they’d just be breaking even here. Says The Olympian:

[An] Olympia police detective recognized Monson as the source of the graffiti on surveillance footage captured by a camera at the Capitol, but the break in the case occurred after ESPN The Magazine published an article on Monson and his political views Dec. 29. A photograph of Monson leaving graffiti on the Capitol was included with the article, court papers state.

Sounds like an open-and-shut case — way to blow up our comrade’s spot, ESPN — but Monson hasn’t yet turned himself in. He plans to contact State Patrol, but he’s currently out of state and is "not sure what he’s going to do." Monson admitted the vandalism to The Olympian, and told them it was intended to protest the war in Iraq and economic inequality at home and abroad:

“Every great movement in the United States, from civil rights, women’s rights, the labor movement, has been the result of people standing up and breaking the law, refusing to stand at the back of the bus, refusing to stand aside when the government asks you to get off their property. And now, these people are seen as pioneers. But at the time, they were criminals — they were literally criminals. I’m not here to advocate for myself; at some point you have to stand up.”

I think 50 years from now, we’ll be telling our grandchildren about the days of struggle, when white men weren’t allowed to spray-paint anarchy symbols on government buildings — that is, until one brave man rose up…

Monson, who compiled a 4-3 Octagon record over two stints in the UFC and challenged Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title, went 3-1 last year in four separate MMA leagues, with wins over Mark Kerr, Jimmy Ambriz, and Ricco Rodriguez, and a loss to Josh Barnett at Sengoku 2 in May.

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aryastark- January 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm
My friend saw this edition of ESPN. He was at <a href="http://www.lakeridgepaving.com">an asphalt paving company in Bellevue WA</a>. Amazing how expensive that graffiti was to remove!
jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 4:09 am
Shaun Monson billed with vandalism:

OLYMPIA - Prosecutors have billed Olympia mixed-martial-arts champion and avowed anarchist Shaun Monson with first-degree malicious mischief according to photographs released inside a December edition of ESPN Playboy that demonstrated him spray-painting an anarchist symbol around the condition Capitol, court papers condition.

A warrant for Monson's arrest was filed Wednesday in Thurston County Superior Court. Monson, 37, is billed with first-degree malicious mischief, a criminal offence transporting a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment along with a $20,000 fine.

The graffiti cost $19,000 to wash up, court papers condition.

Mother and father searched for the folks accountable for spray-painting graffiti on posts around the north side from the Capitol on November. 26. The graffiti incorporated anarchy symbols, a peace symbol and phrases for example "no war" and "no poverty."

Based on court papers, a Condition Patrol as well as an Olympia police detective recognized Monson because the supply of the graffiti on footage taken with a camera in the Capitol, however the burglary the situation happened after ESPN Playboy released articles on Monson 12 ,. 29.
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Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Making an example out of a celebrity... cool.
Anonymous- February 10, 2009 at 10:06 am
I give props to monson for expressing his beliefs in a matter that would be heard around the world. I believe if the gov. wasnt waiting for someone to make an example out of they would have put a protective coat over the building to prevent spray paint from adhearing to it. The gov. is starting to lock up the educated so they can run a country of peoples who wont take a risk to stand up for what they believe in. They just want the peoples to be followers. I agree with monson, their has to be a change here pretty quick.
Chanute- January 31, 2009 at 4:02 pm
“Every great movement in the United States, from civil rights, women’s rights, the labor movement, has been the result of people standing up and breaking the law, refusing to stand at the back of the bus, refusing to stand aside when the government asks you to get off their property. And now, these people are seen as pioneers. But at the time, they were criminals — they were literally criminals. I’m not here to advocate for myself; at some point you have to stand up.”

I can't argue with this.
Judo=Jay- January 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm
I was Jeff Monson's first training partner and corner-man at his first 2 MMA fights. Bellevue, WA and Kirkland, WA (Seattle area). I partied with him and his wife once and met his 2 kids as well. Saw him a few months ago when he was in Minneapolis to protest the Republican National Convention. What is interesting is that he comes across as a very nice guy. Respectful and gentle and down to earth. Not at all what one might expect from an "anarchist".
Anonymous- January 23, 2009 at 5:02 am
thats your personal expirience? stupid US faggot
Anonymous- January 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm
He'll get out light.

10 years is nothing... if it was in Iraq he would probably risk 12.
Cleanshirt- January 17, 2009 at 7:22 am
"Kimbo Slice, on the cover of ESPN the magazine..." - Jeff Monson


Well, he didn't make the cover but at least now people will be talking about him.

DaPainter- January 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm
Funny thing is, Jeff has a t least a masters degree in Psychology and has traveled the world over. Not that I in any way agree with his actions, or outbursts (like the one where he confronted the guards at the republican convention last year....loved that pic), but a nut must have rattled loose at some time. You have to wonder about a guy that walks in to fight Tim "ouch that hurt Fedor" Silvia to the song "Imagine". I used to like the fact that he was a stand alone guy, but he has pushed that way too far. We had to pay for the ass-ripping pricetag associated with the removal of the "A"! Guess he won.....cause it made my ass sore paying for it!
Sticker- January 16, 2009 at 6:38 am
actually...not everyone has to pay taxes...not federal ones at least. unless you are a business owner the average working class american is not legally obligated to pay federal taxes. there is no law stating so. there is a documentary entitled "America. Freedom to Fascism" that deals with this. no your shit before you blast away on the internet son. but i agree. it was a counter-productive useless act of civil disobediance that belittles his philosophies and makes other "protester" types look bad. i agree with him on several things but this was just not worth the cost.
shitwhistle- January 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm
You tell 'em, Jay.

All these bitches bitin' my style.

Jay Smith- January 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm
I hate when mutha fuckas keep usin the same joke "premise" even though you know they saw someone else post something similiar to it already. That's so pathetic and aggrivating. Enough with the cagepotato contest jokes already......geez.
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pierre larouche- January 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm
10 years in jail for graffiti?

How much do you get for murder?
7 years?
probably better off killing someone instead.

hell, if he just killed a blogger in protest, Im sure bail would be set at a half eaten burrito and he might have to clean some graffiti or road side trash as penalty.

Eat My Buns- January 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm
too bad he didn't graffti "cagepotato.com" could of got a free shirt
Steve-O- January 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm
damn there really are some fucking idiots here.

some touched on it, the fact that it cost that much to fix that graffiti means somebody should go to jail and it's not monson.

if we live in a country where it's possible to be sent to prison for 10 years for that, (let's say the judge just read some article about rampage's stint, then levens murder/suicide and he feels he needs to make an example out of monson) than there's much larger problems that can't be solved by some ignorant "if you don't like it, leave" bullshit argument. if you say that then you don't really love your country you're just too scared to wake up and see what's really going on and try to change it you pussies.

how much money do you think it'd cost to put monson in prison for 10 years? it'll cost a shitload of taxpayer money and they'd probably get a shitload of labor out of him, the fruits of which the public would never see in return.

if you guys read this and don't immediately think it's a fucked up place we live in than you're fucking ignorant and apathetic and are the very reason this place is being turned upside down......we need a good cleansing, and it's knocking on our door.
Renn- January 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm
Jeff Monson may be a great JJ player and an ok fighter, but he is a political moron. Jeff Monson is pro-anarchy, but is a member of a communist leaning labor union (IWW). I hope he gets the max fine and at least a little jail time.
Oatmeal- January 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm
as i sit here and inhale chemtrails all day, i cant blaim him
for hating our evil dictators ^.^
AKRhino- January 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm
I wonder if Monson will be the pitcher or the catcher????
The Survivalist- January 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm
Monson just stepped up a notch in my book.
banjo- January 15, 2009 at 11:45 am
Apparently he didnt read the rules... and didn't finish his cagepotato tag.
Crittino- January 15, 2009 at 11:38 am
It would take Keith Jardine 8 fights to come up with the cash to pay that fine
gvd- January 15, 2009 at 10:48 am
What the fuck 10 years for spray painting shit? Jesus christ what has the world come to.
Pac-Man- January 15, 2009 at 10:23 am
Give Justin a shirt... and give me one too to clean the beer of my computer from when I laughed out loud reading read that.

$19,000 to clean up spray paint? Ironic- The fact that the city is spending that much taxpayer money on a $20 job pretty much justifies Monson's actions.

If I paid taxes in Wasington I'd want to see Monson do some community service for being a knucklehead but WAYYYYYYY more importantly, I'd want to see the retard who thought $19,000 of taxpayer's money was an appropriate amount to spend on cleaning up paint ripped out of whatever office he holds.
Aaron- January 15, 2009 at 10:15 am
I remember at one point (maybe when I was 13) when I thought the anarchy symbol was cool. Now I don't think there is anything cool about it. Educated or not, Monson should have better things to do than spray paint a juvenile sybol on his state capitol, further reducing himself to a tagger. He probably should have settled for yet another tattoo.
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