Ellenville man accused of desecrating cemetery
WAWARSING, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An Ellenville man has been charged with a hate crime after he allegedly spray-painted swastikas and other markings on tombstones and a vault at Fantinekill Cemetery. At about 5:10 p.m. on Monday, Ulster County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the cemetery on State Route 209 in Wawarsing for a report of criminal mischief caused to a headstone and a receiving vault.
Joseph Pilgrene, 32, of Ellenville was arrested on Thursday. He was charged with several felonies, including criminal mischief as a hate crime.
- Third-degree criminal mischief (hate crime) (Felony)
- Third-degree criminal mischief (Felony)
- First-degree cemetery desecration (Felony)
- Making graffiti (Misdemeanor)
- Third-degree criminal trespass (Misdemeanor)
Pilgrene has since been released on appearance tickets. He will appear in the Town of Wawarsing Court at a later date.