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Cemetery vandal is arrested

Monday, January 31, 2011

One man has been arrested and authorities are still seeking the location of another in connection with the Halloween night vandalism of Lee Cemetery in Verona.

Officers with the Mt. Vernon Police Department arrested Terry Parker, 18, of Mt. Vernon, on Wednesday. Parker was charged with institutional vandalism for allegedly taking part in the re-arranging, destruction and overturning of approximately 75 headstones at the cemetery last October. Authorities estimate the damage totaled over $10,000.

Parker was arraigned on Thursday in Lawrence County Circuit Court and remains in custody of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department in lieu of $20,000 bond.

"Unfortunately, this is not the first time that this has happened at Lee Cemetery," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "People have no understanding of what it means to have a loved one buried out there and have something like this happen. It's very upsetting to the families."

Authorities are still seeking a second suspect, Larry Gentry, 18, whose last known address was Stotts City. Gentry is wanted on charges of statutory rape in addition to the vandalism charges.

Two juveniles that were involved in the incident have been apprehended and turned over to juvenile authorities.

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