UNBELIEVABLE! Felony Shrub-Trimming: San Diego Man Criminally Charged for Pruning PlantsSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:25
UNBELIEVABLE!! Felony Shrub-Trimming: San Diego Man Criminally Charged for Pruning Plants
UPDATE: Charges dropped!
The man who was in the spotlight over the past few days for being charged with a felony after pruning overgrown shrubs on city land near his Ocean Beach home spoke on Tuesday, unrepentant the morning after the charges were dropped.
Citing community pride, Juvencio Adame, known locally as Vince, said he would continue to trim the trees, located on an oceantop cliff. Adame said the trees harbored transients and litter before he took action.
“We’re proud to be Obecians,” said Adame, 46. “We’re going to continue to take care of our neighborhood. Respect O.B.”
Adame blamed overzealous police and an unhappy neighbor for the charges against him.
December 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm
The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed felony vandalism charges against 46-year-old Ocean Beach, California, resident Juvencio Adame for “defacement, damage and destruction” of public property in excess of $400. Felony charges can result in significant prison time.
His “crime”? Trimming shrubbery next to his home.
What would possess Adame to do such a thing? Adame told neighbors that the overgrown shrubbery, which is technically on public land, became a haven for homeless people who slept under it and littered the area. Thus, he engaged in self-help—clearly not a malicious act.
To be sure, citizens pay to maintain public property, so it’s appropriate to fine those who damage it. But charging someone with a felony under these circumstances?