Man pleads guilty to vandalizing Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to vandalizing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
It says in a statement Tuesday that 39-year-old Jamie Lester Underwood of Winston-Salem pleaded guilty to vandalizing the lighthouse’s original bronze door last year.
Park service rangers sought help through a Facebook post to solve the crime, and they received a tip and determined that during his visit to the lighthouse last year, Underwood used a pocket knife to etch the letters “SEF” into the bronze door.
Underwood entered his plea on July 8. A federal judge ordered Underwood to pay $1,922 in restitution for repairs and placed him on one year of probation.
The lighthouse was completed in 1870 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.