Jackson Man Who Defaced Torah Sentenced To 4 Years
Justin Baker, 25, pleaded guilty on Dec. 9 to damaging and defiling Jewish holy materials that belonged to the Margolin Hebrew Academy, of Memphis, at the DoubleTree Hotel on Jan. 12. (JORDAN BUIE/The Jackson Sun)
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A Jackson man who pleaded guilty to defacing a Torah and religious prayer books at a Jackson hotel has been sentenced to four years in prison.
The Jackson Sun reported Madison County Circuit Court Judge Roy Morgan Jr. sentenced 25-year-old Justin Shawn Baker on Monday to the maximum amount for the charges he faced.
Students and faculty at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis were staying at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson on Jan. 12 and had used a meeting room to conduct a Sabbath worship. They left the items in the room overnight with plans to resume worship the next morning.
They arrived to find the items defaced.
Baker was working at the hotel at the time as a security guard.
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