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Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey gets two years probation in Boston

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Shepard Fairey, creator of the iconic Obama "HOPE" poster, was sentenced to two years probation and a $2,000 fine Friday in Boston after pleading guilty to several vandalism charges of posting art on public and private property. He had been arrested in February before entering an art show.

The bust took place around that time that his six-month probation term in Denver was expiring; he'd plead guilty to similar charges during the Democratic National Convention for wheatpasting posters near downtown. While his arrest in Denver was much more dramatic than the one in Boston -- he and other street artists were thrown to the ground by gun-wielding riot police and spent the night in a makeshift jail -- Fairey was only slapped with a $100 fine.

So will Fairey be making any return trips to the Mile High City? One can only hope.

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