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TROY, N.Y. (AP) - Angry at his marijuana dealer, an upstate New York man said he damaged graves near the burial site of the man who became known as Uncle Sam.
Ricky Rockenstire, 32, pleaded guilty to first-degree cemetery desecration Thursday. He will get a year in Rensselaer County Jail for the March 18 rampage, which authorities said caused more than $6,000 in damage to 50 gravestones and statues around the monument to Samuel Wilson, the Troy meatpacker whose Uncle Sam nickname became a national icon.
Rockenstire told the judge Thursday he was mad at his marijuana dealer at the time and just snapped. Authorities said he allegedly knocked the wings and heads from angel statues in Oakwood Cemetery. Rockenstire has been ordered to pay more than $3,000 in restitution.
Rockenstire said his stepson, 17-year-old Daniel Thompson Jr., was present at the time of the rampage. Thompson has a similar case pending in city court.