Man pays teen to vandalize statue, gets banned from town

Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 10:16 a.m. CST

CLARK — A 57-year-old Missouri man has been kicked out of town after being convicted of paying a teenager to vandalize a monument to hometown hero Gen. Omar Bradley.

Rex Barstow Sr. was sentenced to 60 days in jail and four years of probation and must pay nearly $8,000 to cover damage to the statue in the town of Clark. A judge also ordered Barstow to stay out of the tiny community in southern Randolph County.

Barstow was convicted in December of paying a 14-year-old acquaintance between $20 and $60 to knock over a new stone monument commemorating the life of Bradley, a Clark native and famed Army general in World War II.

The memorial has since been replaced.


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