Former Occupier Pleads Guilty to Defacing Federal Building



Charles Stark, the former member of the Occupy Boise movement, who defaced the Federal Building on Jan. 2 and posted his crime on YouTube, has agreed to plead guilty to willful injury of federal property.

Stark, who was facing up to a year behind bars for the original charge of defacing federal property, agreed to plead to the lesser charge, which indicated that the damage was less than $1,000. Under a plea agreement, Stark would pay $743.56 in restitution, perform 100 hours of community service, and serve five years of probation.

Stark was videotaped on Jan. 2 while defacing the Federal Building. He painted "F.U. 1867," referencing the National Defense Authorization Act, on the north, east and west windows of the Fort Street building, and "I'm not a terrorist" on the south windows.

Stark had been homeless up until his arrest, spending time at the River of Life mission for men and the Occupy Boise encampment outside of the Old Ada County Courthouse. Occupiers since have insisted that Stark is no longer a part of their encampment. According to attorney Dick Rubin, Stark was employed at the Bogus Basin ski resort in 2011.

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