Probation, community service but no jail for man who defaced Pride intersection

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Tue, June 7th 2022, 12:54 PM EDT)

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The 20-year-old who vandalized the brand new Pride intersection in Delray Beach with his truck will not have to serve any jail time.

Tuesday, in a hearing on Zoom that lasted one minute, Alexander Jerich of Lake Worth Beach was sentenced to two years of probation.

He was also ordered to do 100 hours of community service and have a mental health evaluation, plus treatment.

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Jerich pleaded guilty to felony charges of criminal mischief and reckless driving for defacing the intersection with skid marks last June, during a birthday parade for former president Donald Trump.

Alexander Jerich, 20, faced charges in connection to the vandalism of the LGBTQ Pride Intersection in Delray Beach. (PBSO | PBCHRC)

He turned himself in after video showed his truck’s license plate, and never faced a hate crime charge.

In April, during what was expected to be his sentencing hearing, the judge instead ordered Jerich to write a 25-page report on the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando.

That essay has not been released.

The state had asked for jail time and groups such as the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council had said Jerich’s sentencing must make a statement.

In fact, its founder and president asked the judge to sentence Jerich to jail, noting he had never apologized for what he did.

Jerich did stand before the bench and tell the judge he’s not a cruel person. His father said Alexander just wanted to fit in but did the wrong thing.

Jerich will also have to pay $574 in court costs and $200 for his prosecution, and he’ll have two years to do that.

He is getting his $1,000 bond back.

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