Flora Cash's Cole Randall gets $4,400 bill for Pompeys Pillar vandalism
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The saga of local folk-rockers Flora Cash and a defaced monument in Montana has finally reached its punitive stage. Last October, the group's singer/guitarist Cole Randall carved "Cole + Shpresa <3 10/10/2013" into the sandstone wall of Pompeys Pillar to commemorate his bond with wife and bandmate Shpresa Lleshaj. But the scrapings are a few feet away from the signature of Captain William Clark -- of the explorer team of Lewis & Clark -- who marked the site over 200 years ago.
Randall has agreed to pay $1,000 in fines and $3,400 in restitution for the act of vandalism, the Star Tribune reports.
Not long after, Randall wrote a lengthy and heartfelt apology. In it, he said, "I humbly apologize to the people of Montana and to every American who was affected by my foolishness. My promise to you is that I have learned a valuable lesson throughout this ordeal and will never repeat such an action in the future."
|The etching in question|
The restoration of the wall is expected to begin in May. Gimme Noise sent email to the group, but has not received a response.
Meanwhile, Flora Cash are raising funds for an independent album called Assemble the Journey. Here is the first single, "Old School Japan."