SHEFFIELD LAKE — A man who spray- painted a wall at the city-owned Shoreway Shopping Center to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage will paint the city’s fire hydrants as punishment.
Mayor’s Court Magistrate Kreig Brusnahan said Kyle Stump, 23, of Community Drive, pleaded no-contest Tuesday to charges of criminal mischief and received a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, although $300 of the fine and the jail time were suspended on the condition of two years of good behavior.
Brusnahan said Stump will also have to pay the city $332 in restitution for the cost of sandblasting and repairing the damage to the wall. He was also ordered to perform 80 hours of community service at the direction of the mayor and the court suggested painting the city’s fire hydrants, Brusnahan said.
“One of the things I told him was that I may be old fashioned and I prefer a more traditional way of proposing with getting down on one knee with the ring,” Brusnahan said.
According to a police report, Stump admitted to spray-painting a heart and the words “Michelle Marry Me I Love You Familia 3-17-17.”
Stump said he and his girlfriend Michelle Astorino still plan to get married sometime next spring, and he doesn’t regret the way he went about proposing.“They didn’t have to be so hard on me,” he said.
“It was just a romantic proposal. Sheffield Lake is hungry for money and they like to suck the life out of the middle class people that live here.”
The Chronicle-Telegram’s initial report about Stump’s citation didn’t mention that the graffiti included a marriage proposal.
That’s because when Mayor Dennis Bring was asked what the graffiti said following a City Council meeting last week, he described every other part of the message in detail but left out that the message also included a marriage proposal.
When asked during a phone interview why he chose not to mention the marriage proposal when describing the graffiti, Bring said it doesn’t matter what the graffiti said.
“My intention was to embarrass him for what he did,” Bring said. “These people have to realize that when they commit a crime they will get punished for it.”