Man Could Get 18 Months in Jail for Peeing on Alamo
Texan pleads guilty, will have to pay hefty fine, too
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2014 4:00 PM CST
The Alamo, in San Antonio.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – On April 14, 2012, Daniel Athens just couldn't hold it any longer, so he ducked under a chain and relieved himself on the big building behind it. Because that building happened to be the Alamo—as in, the Alamo—the 23-year-old found himself in a San Antonio court yesterday pleading guilty to “felony level criminal mischief of a public monument or place of human burial,” reports MySanAntonio. He faces up to 18 months in state jail and a $4,000 fine, the latter because urine takes a toll on the limestone facade of a 250-year-old church. Coverage of the incident, like this at Reuters, is nearly universal in noting two things: The local DA headlined her press release "Don't Whizz on the Alamo," and Ozzy Osbourne peed there in 1982.

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Feb 6, 2014 12:19 PM CST
We should all be outraged by this. Our outrage should go much further. Brave men fought alongside Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Col. Travis to defend the Alamo! Ever hear of the Tejanos? They were of Mexican ancestry! Ever read the Spot Resolutions by Abraham Lincoln? The Memoirs of US Grant? What did they say about our war with Mexico?
Feb 6, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Kudos to him. Part of the reason Texas lost its shit was because the Mexican government had abolished slavery and they couldn't accept that.
Feb 6, 2014 7:22 AM CST
He's a dink, & a doofus, & he needs to learn to keep it zipped. He's lucky a crowd of Texans didn't beat the sh^t out of him. Because he did something at the Alamo they'll never forget remember ... :D