- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Three teens have pleaded guilty in the vandalism of a large ornamental menorah displayed outside a Chandler home in 2016 during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Maricopa County Attorney’s Bill Montgomery’s office says the teens pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal damage under a plea agreement requiring community service, letters of apology and restitution.

The teens also must meet with a Holocaust survivor and write an essay on what they’ve learned.

The teens removed the menorah and altered it to look like a Nazi swastika.

Montgomery says the crime impacted many people besides the victims but created an opportunity to have a positive impact on young lives while promoting healing through education and understanding.



A Montgomery spokeswoman says the case of a young adult involved in the incident remains under review.

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