Guilty verdict in synagogue desecration
A 23-year-old Montgomery County man was convicted Wednesday on charges of desecrating a synagogue with spray paint in Olney last year. Ian Baron was found guilty of four counts of vandalism and one count of defacing religious property. He faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison at his sentencing, set for May 6, according to prosecutors.
Montgomery State's Attorney John McCarthy said such crimes will not be tolerated in what he called "as diverse a suburban community as there is in the United States."
"We pride ourselves on tolerance and acceptance of our diversity," he said. "Crimes like this tear at the fabric of what is basic to our community."
Baron's trial started on Tuesday. He had been charged with spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas at the B'nai Shalom Synagogue in July. Among the markings were "Juden raus," which means "Jews out" and was used by Nazis, and "Work will set u free," a reference to a sign that hangs over the Auschwitz concentration camp. The damage had been estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.
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