PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A self-described wanderer who pulled a hammer from a backpack and pounded on the Liberty Bell last year was sentenced Tuesday to nine months behind bars.
Mitchell A. Guilliatt, 28, was also given five years' probation and ordered to repay the $7,093 cost of repairing the gouge marks he made in the symbol of liberty.
Guilliatt, an unemployed man with shaggy hair and a bushy beard, pulled a small sledgehammer out and struck the cracked bell several times in front of tourists last April, shouting, "God lives!"
His lawyer told U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois that his client had intended only to ring the bell, not damage it.
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