In Michigan I just received our local newspaper and an 82-yr old man is being charged with malicious property after he was seen spray painting grave markers.
His wife and mother are both buried at the cemetery. What really bothered me was that later in the story they mentioned that he had sprayed X's on three trees (to find his way) to the graves, and that he defaced 22 gravestones. Possibly to pave the same way as the trees, but nothing was said about that. The damage was just under $12,000. No where in the story does it mention if this man had dementia, aging problems, it was just quick in appearance to jump on him by charging him.
They are going to prosecute this man. I'm not saying that someone should not be held accountable for the repairs, but at 82 years old, is it really just "age" or the mental decline we've all come to deal with as our reality.
It was very disturbing. The county prosecutor has authorized an arrest warrant for malicious destruction of property when the elder thought he was helping to improve the markers.
Is it just me or is something wrong with this picture?