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Mar 27, 2012 9:35 AM by AP

3 plead innocent to cemetery vandalism

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Three people who authorities say damaged more than two dozen graves and headstones at three cemeteries have pleaded not guilty to felony vandalism charges.

The American Press reports 19-year-old Sebastian Abshire, 18-year-old Joselyn Mire and a 17-year-old entered their pleas Monday in 31st Judicial District Court in Jennings.

They will stand trial June 18.
The three are accused of painting profanity and graffiti on more than a dozen graves and headstones at Calvary and Greenwood cemeteries in Jennings; breaking windows and spray-painting graffiti at the Greenwood mausoleum; and knocking over about 15 headstones and breaking vases and other mementoes at Doucet Cemetery near Hathaway in February.

The damage has been estimated at $30,000.

Abshire remains in jail while Mire and the juvenile are free on bond.

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