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. (Read more The Alamo stories.)

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