As reported in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia convicted Lance Emanuel Brown yesterday of malice mischief, for throwing a brick through the glass door of the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in Columbus, Georgia. Brown’s act of vandalism resulted in $1,400 worth of damage.
Brown insisted on going to trial in order to tell the jury that he committed the act of vandalism in order to get arrested and relieve himself from homelessness. He told the jurors that he was hoping to be given shelter and food for at least a few hours.
The Honorable Clay D. Land, U.S. District Judge, has scheduled an expedited sentencing hearing for Brown next week, and has indicated that he may be eligible for release on time served. Brown occupied various mental health facilities before ending up in a Columbus homeless shelter, which he was eventually asked to leave . He attempted to get himself arrested earlier by threatening President Barack Obama in front of two probation officers. The officers did not deem the threat credible, however.