DATE: August 21, 2015
CASE: Brian Quillin
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kim Zdobnikow, Community Prosecution Unit
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that 27-year-old Brian Quillin pled no contest to felony vandalism. The Honorable Ben Davidian sentenced Quillin to 210 days in county jail and 5 years searchable probation. He was also ordered not to possess graffiti tools or paraphernalia, not to associate with known graffiti taggers, stay 100 yards away from the locations of the offenses, and pay restitution to the victims.
On February 6, 2015, Quillin tagged his graffiti moniker “PHERM” on the Pioneer Square building in Old Sacramento. On February 9, 2015, he tagged the same moniker on a sound wall near Wintergarden and Northgate Blvd. He tagged the moniker again on a billboard along Highway 160 on March 29, 2015. The total amount of damage was estimated to be $2,200 to $2,700.
A Sacramento City Code Enforcement officer recognized the PHERM moniker from a 2008 graffiti case, which initiated an investigation by the Sacramento Police Department, Code Enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office. Social media accounts belonging to Quillin contained images of the current graffiti and posts regarding the 2008 graffiti vandalism prosecution, all of which was used to tie him to the crimes in this case.
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