Thursday, June 26, 2008

Paul Addis Pleads Guilty to Arson Charge for Burning the Man at Burning Man

I heard a rumor last night, but today The Laughing Squid confirms that Paul David Addis has pled guilty to arson in the burning of The Man at Burning Man last year. I guess he and his lawyer realized that the whole cutesy story about a covert operations group, which Addis concocted out of his Hunter S. Thompson fantasies, wasn't going to cut it in front a jury. Now he's looking at one to four years in a Federal pen (because he committed the crime on Federal land), and has to fork over $25,000 in restitution.

Update: Apparently the charge Addis pleaded guilty to was not arson, but destruction of private property.


Tom Geller said...

Ha, ha! Where are all those real-life griefers who supported him now? He's been dropped like last month's trendy cocktail recipe while they look for other works to destroy and parties to ruin.

Will he be tried separately for the Grace Cathedral incident?

The Jaded Gay DJ said...

I don't know what will happen with the Grace Cathedral incident, but I'm pretty sure it falls under a different jurisdiction.

Yeah, what kind of "hero" is he now? I'm sure there are those who will hail him as a martyr, but I think it will be difficult to publicly hold him in the same regard.