Synagogue vandal faces more than 6 years at sentencing

| May 5, 2011

The homeless man who vandalized an Olney synagogue last summer will be sentenced Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Judge Thomas L. Craven could sentence Ian Jacob Baron, 23, to as long as six-and-a-half years in prison after a jury found him guilty in February of four counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of destruction of religious property for desecrating B'nai Shalom and two private residences nearby.

"We're glad that he was held accountable and justice was done," Rabbi Ari Sunshine of B'nai Shalom said. "As far as sentencing goes, we hope a fair and appropriate consequence will be rendered by the judge and Ian gets the help that he needs."

B'nai Shalom President Debbie Kovalsky is preparing a victim impact statement to submit at the sentencing hearing on behalf of the synagogue, Sunshine said.

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