GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County prosecutor has filed misdemeanor charges against two people accused of vandalizing the gravesite of former President Gerald R. Ford and his wife, Betty.
Christian Johnson is facing a charge of malicious destruction of tombs or memorials, causing between $200 and $1,000 in damage. Alexis Brinkert is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property worth less than $200.
Police say on March 27, security cameras outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum captured two people sitting atop the gravesite. The video shows one of them trying to rip out a letter.
If convicted, Johnson faces up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,000 or three times the value of the property damaged. The maximum punishment for Brinkert is 93 days in jail and a fine of $500 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater.