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National Park Vandal Sentenced

National Park Vandal Sentenced
June 16
14:09 2016

A California woman has received a probation sentence after pleading guilty to charges of federal misdemeanor vandalism.dontbecasey

23 year-old Casey Nocket admitted that she used sharpies and acrylic paints to draw huge pictures on rock formation. She called them a “personal art project.”

Nocket admitted tagging sites in Zion and Canyonlands National Parks and in five others n 2014, including Rocky Mountain National Park.

She posted the incriminating evidence to a now-deleted Instagram account.

On her Instagram account, the then 21-year-old, who signed her work using the handle Creepytings, posted pictures of herself sketching a face on a sandstone formation in Utah’s Canyonlands. She also posted snaps of finished pictures in Zion, Crater Lake and several other parks.

In a comment on one of the Crater Lake photos, Nocket revealed that she’d used acrylic paint rather than chalk, conceding, “I know, I’m a bad person.”

In the beginning, the National Park Service didn’t identify Nocket by name and noted only five vandalized parks: Yosemite, Death Valley, Crater Lake, Zion and Canyonlands.

But a subsequent NPS release ID’d Nocket as the “primary suspect in recent vandalism cases that affect eight national parks in the western United States.”

Nocket was sentenced to two years’ probation and 200 hours of community service. The amount of restitution she will be required to pay will be determined at a later hearing.

Just remember when hiking this summer around Page, or else where, don’t be a Casey Nockett

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