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Tourist sentenced for scaling Brooklyn Bridge

December 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A French tourist will have to spend 240 hours cleaning a Manhattan jail for scaling the Brooklyn Bridge to take photos.

Yonathan Souid of Esnandes, France, got the community service sentence on Tuesday.

The French university student will be assigned to the Manhattan Detention Center. His lawyer said Souid “prefers cleaning a jail than to actually living in one.”

Souid had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He said it wasn’t his intention to hurt anyone and he climbed the bridge last month because he has a passion for photography.

In July, two German artists swiped two American flags from the famous span and replaced them with white ones. A month later, a Russian tourist climbed the bridge to take pictures.

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