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Lesser Punishments For Egging Cars

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A state lawmaker is trying to lessen the punishment for anyone caught "egging" cars.

A new proposed measure would increase the dollar amount of damage needed to make it a felony to vandalize someone's car by throwing eggs.

Under current Washington law, you can be charged with Malicious Mischief if you egg a car and cause damages that cost more than $250.

But Representative Barbara Bailey wants to double that amount, meaning a vandal cannot be charged with a felony if damage to your car is less than $500.

Yakima Police Captain Greg Copeland agrees with this measure, because he says it is faster to prosecute people for misdemeanors in municipal court...

A felony conviction of Malicious Mischief is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Bailey says she decided to increase the damage amount after a 17-year-old boy was charged with a felony for throwing eggs.

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