Ohio man ordered to paint railings with toothbrush as sentence for graffiti job

Avery White picked painting handrails with a toothbrush over jail time in an Ohio courtroom. (WKYC photo)

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WTHR) - An Ohio man convicted of spray painting graffiti on a train car got a new painting job as part of a unique sentence.

Avery White was found guilty of criminal mischief for his paint job on the train car, which is owned by a rail company. The judge in the case, known for less-than-conventional sentencing, gave White options to pay his debt to society.

He could spend 10 days in jail or paint the railings outside the Painesville Muncipal Court with a toothbrush. He chose the paint job.

A news crew watched as White sanded down the handrails, then repainted them with a toothbrush.

"It may take you awhile, but that's the lesson to be learned," Judge Michael Cicconetti said after handing down the sentence.

In the past, Cicconetti has sentenced a man convicted of mowing obscenities in a lawn to cut a school's grass with an old-fashioned push mower. He also ordered a woman who didn't pay a cab driver for a 30-mile ride to walk 30 miles.

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