Man sentenced to 2 years' prison, must pay $30,000 in restitution in 'MOOK' graffiti case

Marcus Gunther mug shot and photo of tagging courtesy Portland Police Bureau

PORTLAND, Ore. – The man who was arrested for tagging Oregon Department of Transportation property was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday and ordered to pay about $30,000 in restitution.

Marcus Gunther, 30, changed his plea in a case involving graffiti that caused nearly $30,000 in damage to private property.

Officers said they linked Gunther to the tag “M-O-O-K.”

"This is a sentence that holds Marcus Gunther accountable for his repeated acts of spraying graffiti without permission,” Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez, who prosecuted this case, said after sentencing. “It also provides Mr. Gunther an opportunity at treatment, which will benefit him and our entire community.”

Some new ODOT speed display signs on I-84 in Portland were among the property tagged “M-O-O-K,” and officials said it cost about $24,910 to clean the signs.

During his change of plea on February 8, Gunther pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree criminal mischief and one count of second-degree criminal mischief.

Along with the two-year prison sentence, Gunther will need to enroll in START (or Success through Accountability, Restitution and Treatment) Court for five years after he’s released.

He will also need to pay about $30,000 in restitution.

More info from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office:

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the numerous patrol officers from the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct and North Precinct and the Street Crimes Unit (SCU) from both precincts for their dedicated efforts investigating this case.

This case was litigated by the Strategic Prosecution Unit within the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, which reviews cases that stem from neighborhood-specific concerns. The unit is primarily responsible for interfacing with the community over specific issues, and handles all types of cases across the criminal justice spectrum to include misdemeanors and homicides.

START is a drug treatment court for adults convicted of property offenses and who have an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Participants attend substance abuse treatment, are supervised by an assigned probation officer, attend court regularly, and submit to random drug testing.

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