- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man pleaded guilty to felony charges in the same courthouse in which a circus-themed painting he created as a child hangs.

Frank Bruno, 24, of Comstock Park recently pointed his artwork out to a judge as he pleaded guilty to attempted malicious destruction of a vehicle. He painted the circus scene with a classmate in 2001, when he was a fourth-grader at Pine Island Elementary. It now hangs on the wall in the 11th floor hallway of the Kent County courthouse.

Bruno’s criminal record began shortly after his “Visions of the Community” submission was chosen from among 171 entries, The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1ohVjLX ) reported Wednesday. Court records show he was charged with domestic violence and retail fraud as a juvenile within four years of his artistic achievement.

Bruno was a repeat offender by the age of 19, as he faced charges of marijuana possession and larceny in the same courthouse that houses his art in 2009. He was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail, according to court records. Two years later, he received 144 days for larceny.

Bruno was back in jail by 2012 to serve a 270-day sentence for attempted stealing of a financial device, court records show.

He now faces up to five years in prison for the most recent charge. Sentencing for Bruno is scheduled in November.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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