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Man sentenced for vandalizing Olathe cemetery

May 4, 2019

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to vandalizing an Olathe cemetery on Christmas was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

The Kansas City Star reports 42-year-old Alex Deason was also ordered Friday to pay $7,781 in restitution for damages. Deason pleaded guilty in March to criminal desecration at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery.

Authorities said Deason knocked over and vandalized headstones, some of which dated back to the 1800s.

At his sentencing hearing, Deason apologized and said he would like to write a letter to each family whose gravestones he damaged.

Deason has been ordered to have no contact with the Olathe Memorial Cemetery.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com