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Tennessee Man Who Defaced Torah Is Sentenced

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Jackson man who pleaded guilty to defacing a Torah and religious prayer books at a Jackson hotel has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/19YkLT4) reports Madison County Circuit Court Judge Roy Morgan Jr. sentenced 25-year-old Justin Shawn Baker on Monday to the maximum amount for the charges he faced.

Students and faculty at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis were staying at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson on Jan. 12 and had used a meeting room to conduct a Sabbath worship. They left the items in the room overnight with plans to resume worship the next morning.

They arrived to find the items defaced.

Baker was working at the hotel at the time as a security guard.