Lethbridge man apologizes for smashing gravestones

A damaged headstone is pictured at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lethbridge on March 18, 2014. Three...

A damaged headstone is pictured at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lethbridge on March 18, 2014. Three people are facing charges in relation to a vandalism spree in cemetery. (Damien Wood/QMI Agency)

Michael Platt, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

Five minutes of selfish stupidity to destroy a dozen century-old gravestones — and Jon Mitchell says he’ll spend a lifetime being sorry.

His voice cracking with emotion, the tearful 32-year-old says he’s already written a letter of general apology to police and the families of the people interred in Lethbridge’s St. Patrick’s Cemetery, for his part in a vandalism spree that saw 12 irreplaceable headstones knocked to the ground.

“I’ve written an apology letter to the police and the families affected, and it’s at the police station in their possession,” said Mitchell.

“I am very, very, very, truly sorry for my actions and what happened.”


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