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BERLIN -- A West Berlin graffiti artist arrested by East German border guards who crossed the Berlin Wall to catch him at work was convicted of illegal border crossings and sentenced to one year and eight months in jail.

The East German judge found Wolfram Hasch, 23, guilty Thursday of 'several unlawful crossings' of the wall on the East-West Berlin border.

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On Nov. 4, East German border guards surprised him and four West Berlin companions as they tried to paint a white line along the wall, both sides of which are in East Berlin. His friends were able to escape the guards, who pulled Hasch through a hidden door into the easternside of the wall.

Hasch two years ago was freed from an East German jail after West Germany bought freedom for a number of political prisoners.

He was also ordered Thursday to serve the one and a half years remaining on a previous sentence in East Germany.

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