Graffiti Artist Ordered to Clean Up His Act

Webster Agudong
Webster Agudong

by Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- How would you punish a man who damaged expensive freeway signs with graffiti? Make him spend hundreds of hours on graffiti clean-up, of course.

A judge Tuesday sentenced Webster Agudong to 200 hours of community service. He's ordered to spend that time painting over graffiti on Oahu.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to two felony counts of criminal property damage. Prosecutors say the freeway signs he tagged had to be replaced.

Agudong must also serve four weekends in jail and pay more than $5,000 in restitution.

"Hopefully, this will send a message to, you know, to others like him who are involved in these gangs tagging freeways and signs that if you get caught, you're going to face jail time and you're going to have to clean up the mess that you've made," Don Pacarro, deputy prosecutor, said.

Prosecutors say Agudong was also involved in two prior graffiti cases.