Man accused of spraying anti-police graffiti in Belen pleads guilty

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who spray painted anti-police graffiti all over the town of Belen, including at the funeral home where a fallen Valencia County deputy was being prepared for burial, has pleaded guilty.

Daniel Kota was facing 11 counts of graffiti for vandalizing businesses all over town just days.

After Valencia County Deputy Ryan Thomas was killed in a crash while responding to a call. Among the words he painted “crash harder next time.”

Kota pleaded guilty to six counts last week and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

Business owners affected say Kota also read an apology in court.

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