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The man who took a pickax to Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 25, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony vandalism charge and was sentenced to three years probation.

In addition to probation,  24-year-old Austin Clay was also ordered to community service, psychological counseling,  and pay more than $9,300  in damages to the Hollywood Chambers of commerce. After demolishing Trump’s star near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue with a pickax,  in a strange turn of events Clay, called the LAPD and turned himself in.


In August after pleading not guilty, Clay referred to the defacement of the star as a “rightful and just act.” This isn’t the first time Trump’s star had been vandalized. Trump’s star was attacked in 2016,  also with a pickax by James Otis, who paid the $20,000 bail for Austin Clay.

Given all of the hateful rhetoric and divisiveness Trump has caused do you think Clay’s sentence was extreme?