Obama artist makes plea deal in Mass. case

Probably the most famous piece of art in American history,who in this country has not see this image at one time or another?

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Artist Shepard Fairey stands at Boston Municipal Court Friday, July 10, 2009, during a status hearing in connection with 13 vandalism charges around Boston. Fairey, 38, who created the “Hope” poster of President Barack Obama was arrested by Boston police in February when he was in the city for an event kicking off his exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
BOSTON (AP) – The artist who created the “Hope” poster of President Barack Obama has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to three vandalism charges in Boston. Prosecutors dropped 11 other charges.

Shepard Fairey was sentenced in Boston Municipal Court on Friday to two years probation. He pleaded guilty to one charge of defacing property and two charges of wanton destruction of property under $250. He must pay $2,000 to a graffiti removal organization and cannot possess tagging materials except for legal art installations.

Fairey’s spokesman released a statement saying the 39-year-old artist is pleased to have the case behind him and “return his attention to making art.”

Boston prosecutors earlier dropped 14 charges that claimed Fairey placed stickers on public property.

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