As Ozzy Osbourne knows, you don't whizz on the Alamo

, Texas Lawyer


Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed has a message for those who lack respect for Texas monuments: "Don't whizz on the Alamo."

Her press-release proclamation came on the occasion of a Feb. 4 guilty plea in San Antonio's 399th District Court. Daniel Athens pleaded guilty to a felony charge for relieving himself on one of the Lone Star State's most revered historical sites, according to Reed.

Athens' attorney, San Antonio solo Todd Coronado, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

"You don't mess around with the Alamo. Nobody does, man," Reed said in an interview. "I was pretty enraged when it happened."

Why is urinating on the Alamo a felony? It is because Chapter 28 of the Texas Penal Code makes it a state jail felony to deface a public monument or place of human burial.

Reed said the defendant has yet to be sentenced and he faces a possible punishment range of 180 days to two years confinement in a state jail facility.

Reed said her office has prosecuted others for daring to mark the Alamo with graffiti. And then there's the legendary 1982 incident in which heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne urinated on a site near the Alamo and was banned from San Antonio until he made a large donation to the group that has preserved the historic site.

"We take offense, absolutely," Reed said. "And we have to preserve our heritage. It's a shrine. It's all about respect."

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