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Judge Sets Restitution For Loveland Art Destruction

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A Montana truck driver who destroyed a lithograph that she considered sacrilege in a Loveland museum must pay restitution of $2,991.13.

Authorities say Kathleen Folden, 47, used a crowbar to smash a Plexiglass case, and then she tore the lithograph to pieces Oct. 6 at a city-owned museum in Loveland. Critics say the piece portrayed Jesus in a sex act.

A Larimer County District Court judge on Monday ordered Folden to pay $1,064.76 to the city for staff time worked during the incident and $1,926.37 to the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency, which compensated the artwork’s owner for the damage.

Prosecutors had sought $6,748.

Folden, of Kalispell, pleaded guilty in November to misdemeanor criminal mischief. Her sentence included probation and orders to perform public service and get mental health treatment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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