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R.I. lawmaker wants tougher vandalism penalties

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Vandals who do more than $1,500 worth of damage to a property would be guilty of a felony under legislation pending in Rhode Island’s General Assembly. The bill announced this week was prompted by an incident two years ago at a Newport cemetery, where vandals caused more than $100,000 worth of damage when they knocked over 300 grave markers. Under the proposal from Senator Frank Lombardi, Democrat of Cranston, vandals convicted of doing serious damage to a property would face a fine of up to $3,000 and as much as three years of jail.

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