WINONA, Minn. (AP) _ An 18-year-old who said he didn’t know what a veteran was served his sentence for vandalizing a park honoring veterans by watching the movie ``Saving Private Ryan.″
``It’s pretty cool,″ Roger Bendickson, 18, said after he saw Steven Spielberg’s movie about the D-Day invasion of World War II.
Judge Dennis Challeen last week sentenced Bendickson to watch the film for vandalizing Veterans Memorial Park on July 4. Bendickson also was ordered to repay damages, perform 20 hours of community service and stay out of trouble for one year or face 90 days in jail.
On Tuesday, Bendickson reported back to Winona County corrections agent Terry Marnach, who helped craft the sentence.
``I think he understood the violence,″ Marnach said. ``He knows what a veteran is, he knows what war is, he knows it’s horrible and he understands why those people were mad.″