Man Pleads Guilty in Shrine Desecration
A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to desecrating one of Wisconsin's most popular religious shrines to commemorate "Satan's birthday."
Tyler Groth pleaded guilty to felony criminal damage to religious property, and could face up to a year and a half in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 11.
Groth and his 17-year-old cousin, David J. Groth, were accused of spraying paint on statues and spray painting a devil's face at several locations in June at the Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, in Erin.
It was to commemorate the date 06-06-06, and Tyler Groth told investigators the date is "Satan's birthday." In the Bible, the Book of Revelation describes triple sixes as the mark of the Antichrist.
Groth agreed to plead guilty in exchange for the dismissal of two unrelated misdemeanor graffiti charges, his attorney said.
David Groth had pleaded no contest to the same charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11.