Second man pleads guilty to vandalizing Norfolk synagogue

| May 7, 2010

A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to vandalizing Temple Israel Synagogue with anti-Semitic stickers.

Christopher John Brooks, 25, admitted that he and a friend placed 60 stickers on the synagogue in the 7200 block of Granby St., according to court records.

Three different sets of offensive stickers were found at Temple Israel around April 18, 2009, according to court records. Similar stickers were also placed on Beth Messiah Synagogue, Congregation Beth El Synagogue and B’Nai Israel Congregation in Norfolk, according to records.

Brooks’ fingerprints were found on the back of a sticker placed on Temple Israel, police said.

Brooks was sentenced to five years in prison with all but time served suspended, said Amanda Howie, spokeswoman for the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.

A co-defendant, John E. Grogan, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts each of injury to a church or cemetery and conspiracy to commit a felony, Howie said. Grogan is scheduled to be sentenced this month.

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