OLYMPIA – It has been 14 months since martial arts fighter Jeffrey Monson was ordered to pay $21,893 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti on a column at the Capitol and at a Lacey military recruitment center.
As of Tuesday, Monson had paid $421 to Thurston County Superior Court. A $100 payment was made Friday, one day after a reporter contacted Monson’s attorney to ask whether Monson had kept up to date with his restitution payments. Up to that point, Monson had made payments totaling $321, court papers state. A $3 payment was made Dec. 1, 2009; three payments of $100 each were made May 26, Oct. 20 and Dec. 9, 2010; and an $18 payment was made Dec. 27, 2010, court papers state.
Monson’s attorney, Legrand Jones, said he would not “confirm or deny” whether Monson, who now lives in Florida, had made Friday’s payment in response to the reporter’s inquiries.
“He fully intends to comply with what the court has ordered him to do,” Jones said Tuesday.
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Monson, 40, is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections under its “community custody” program. He was ordered to serve two years of community custody in October 2009. Washington Corrections officials have said Monson is subject to DOC’s interstate compacts while he lives in Florida, which means he is subject to DOC supervision in that state.
A Washington Corrections spokeswoman said Tuesday that Monson is supposed to make a $100 payment each month. As of Tuesday, Monson owed $979 to be in compliance with his restitution schedule.
The Washington DOC has asked Monson’s probation officer in Florida why Monson has not been making timely payments, Washington DOC spokeswoman Rowlanda Cawthon said Tuesday. That correspondence was sent Tuesday and is aimed at bringing him back into compliance, she said.
If someone is not making timely payments of court-ordered restitution, he or she could be in violation of Corrections’ community-custody agreement, Cawthon said.
According to court papers:
In July 2009, Monson pleaded guilty under an Alford plea to one count of first-degree malicious mischief for leaving graffiti, including an anarchist symbol and a “no war” slogan, on the Capitol in November 2008, court papers state.
He also pleaded guilty under an Alford plea to third-degree malicious mischief for graffiti and damage he left at the Lacey armed services recruitment center on Galaxy Drive. The graffiti at the armed services center was discovered in October 2008.
Monson’s court-ordered restitution includes $19,013 that must be paid to the Capitol’s buildings and grounds department. He also must pay $2,880 to the Lacey recruitment center for the damage there.
As of Jan. 20, interest had accrued on Monson’s court-ordered restitution in the amount of $3,397.05, court papers state, bringing his total restitution balance up to $24,749.80.
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