Family, friends describe Olney synagogue vandal’s personal demons

| May 12, 2011

Ian Baron needs help, according to his family and friends.

At Baron's sentencing hearing Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, those who know him spoke of the demons and personal battles that might have led him to spray paint anti-Semitic graffiti on the exterior of B'nai Shalom Synagogue and two nearby residences in July.

After hearing more about Baron's history with substance abuse, depression and identity struggles, Judge Thomas L. Craven sentenced him to three years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended, for malicious destruction of property worth more than $500. Craven also ordered Baron to pay $24,000 in restitution to B'nai Shalom.

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