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Guy who peed on the Alamo pleads guilty

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.

There’s now at least one more Texan who will always remember the Alamo, because after peeing on it t in 2012 and getting caught, he now faces significant jail time and a hefty fine.

For those of you unfamiliar, the Alamo was the site of a battle in 1836, in which a handful of Texan nationalists were wiped out  after a 13-day siege by a much larger Mexican force. Perceived Mexican cruelty spurred settlers to to fight for Texan independence.

Enter Daniel Athens, 23, of El Paso, April 14, 2012. He was a visitor in Texas’ fair city of San Antonio, and a tourist at the famed monument, when he decided that it would be a good idea to relieve himself on the exterior of the mission.

He was wrong.

Not only do Texans remember the Alamo, it seems, they also remember to prosecute the guy caught peeing on it. Athens now faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Damage to the monument was estimated at $4,000.

In the words of Bexas County District Attorney Susan Reed, ”The message is, ‘Don’t whiz on the Alamo.” Prosecutors plan to oppose any motions for probation for Athens. He is scheduled to be sentenced for felony of criminal mischief of a public monument or place of human burial in April 2014.

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