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Immigrant guilty of vandalizing cemetery

Dec. 4, 2010 at 8:36 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Polish immigrant could be deported following his conviction for vandalizing a Jewish cemetery in the Chicago area.

Mariusz Wdziekonski, 25, of Norridge was found guilty late Friday of felony vandalism, the Chicago Tribune reported. While he denied being a Nazi or neo-Nazi during his trial, prosecutors said he was "immersed" in Nazi propaganda and memorabilia.

Wdziekonski was arrested soon after the Westlawn Cemetery near Norridge was vandalized in January 2008. Headstones were spray-painted with anti-Semitic, Nazi and white supremacist slogans.

Because he has been jailed for almost three years, Wdziekonski is unlikely to serve much more time, the Chicago Sun-Times said. But he is not a U.S. citizen and a felony conviction could mean his return to Poland.

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