Animal rights activists plead guilty in vandalism case

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Two anti-fur activists have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to vandalize fur industry owners’ homes in La Mesa and Spring Valley and vandalizing fur farms.

Both defendants have agreed to pay $398,272 in damages to the owners of seven mink farms, stores, and restaurants. The damages to the two East County homes are $30,000.

Two anti-fur activists have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to vandalize fur industry owners’ homes in La Mesa and Spring Valley and vandalizing fur farms.

Both defendants have agreed to pay $398,272 in damages to the owners of seven mink farms, stores, and restaurants. The damages to the two East County homes are $30,000.

The words “animal murderer” and other phrases were spray painted on the homes of Kimberley Graf and her parents in 2013. The pair also released hundreds of minks at farms across the country.

Joseph Brian Buddenberg, 31, and Nicole Juanita Kissane, 28, both of Oakland, could be sentenced to a maximum term of 10 years in federal prison on May 2. They are both free on $100,000 bond.

“Whatever your feelings about the fur industry, there are legal ways to make your opinions known,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.

“The conduct alleged here, sneaking around at night, stealing property and vandalizing homes and businesses with acid, glue, and chemicals is a form of domestic terrorism and can’t be permitted to continue,” said Duffy.

Preliminary hearing set for El Cajon burglar

A March 22 preliminary hearing has been set for Alexis Salazar, 18, accused of burglarizing apartments in El Cajon when they were being fumigated and under a massive fumigation tent.

Salazar and a juvenile are accused of taking computers, jewelry, and other stolen property on Oct. 15, 2015 in the 1000 block of S. Mollison Ave. They have pleaded not guilty and Salazar remains free on $100,000 bond.

El Cajon Police warned that people who enter buildings under fumigation could get seriously ill or die from exposure to harmful chemicals designed to kill termites and other insects.

Santee/Lakeside burglar pleads not guilty

Lorance Allan Davis, 26, has pleaded not guilty to committing five burglaries in the Santee and Lakeside area as part of a series of 21 residential burglaries being investigated by the sheriff’s department.

A resident saw Davis go through a window in the 10000 block of Pasita De Kristy in Lakeside on Jan. 12. He fled in a 2010 black Ford Ranger and was arrested by deputies.

Davis is also charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon, possession of hydrocodone, and receiving stolen property. Court records say he has been convicted of burglary in 2013 and false imprisonment in 2008.

Three homes were burglarized on Dec. 31. Davis has a preliminary hearing set for March 30 in El Cajon Superior Court and remains in the George Bailey Detention Facility on $457,000 bail.