Va. Man Pleads Guilty to Vandalizing Synagogue

May 7, 2010

A man who admitted placing anti-Semitic stickers on a Norfolk synagogue has received probation.

Christopher John Brooks pleaded guilty Thursday in Norfolk Circuit Court to one count of injury to a cemetery or church. The judge sentenced Brooks to five years in prison, and then suspended all but the year Brooks had spent in jail since his arrest in April 2009.

Co-defendant John Edward Grogan is scheduled to be sentenced May 14. The 30-year-old Grogan pleaded guilty to similar charges in February.

Brooks and Grogan were charged with placing 60 anti-Semitic stickers on property at the Temple Israel Synagogue. Police said stickers also were placed on several other places of worship in Norfolk.

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