JTA

A French court sentenced a man to three years in jail for defacing a cemetery with anti-Semitic and Nazi graffiti.
The 25-year-old man was sentenced last Friday.

On the evening of Nov. 1, 2004, the man carved the graffiti onto 30 tombstones, presuming them to be Jewish tombs. He confessed to the crime in June, saying it was not motivated by anti-Semitism, but out of anger at family troubles.

He was also ordered to pay approximately $3,500 in damages to the town of Genlis, to the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism and to three families who pressed civil charges against him.