In a plea deal announced Wednesday,
"I was wrong," Caminero said in a letter of apology released Wednesday. "I think about what I did every day and I find it hard to live with what I did because it still haunts me."
In a case that stunned the art world, Caminero in February smashed a vase painted by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who represented that the item was hundreds of years old. Police initially estimated the artwork was worth
Caminero told the arresting officer that he smashed the artwork as a protest on behalf of local artists who he felt were slighted in favor of international artists at the new
The vase was part of a politically charged exhibition of Chinese culture and art.
According to a
He was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.
In his apology letter, Caminero stressed that he did not realize that, at the time he destroyed the vase, the museum was also exhibiting the work of five local artists. The museum is also planning a collection of six other local artists.
A lawyer representing the museum,
"He has acknowledged that this kind of deviant destruction of someone else's property is completely inappropriate," Sanchez said.
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