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GP woman avoids Thai prison sentence

Brittney Schneider won’t have to spend any more time in a Thailand prison. The Grande Prairie woman has instead been given a fine for spray-painting an ancient brick wall in Chiang Mai.

Schneider tells CTV News her initial sentence was two years in prison and a fine of $4,000, which was reduced to one year, and then just the fine. She and her friend, Furlong Lee of England, were originally facing a maximum of 10 years and $40,000 for vandalizing an ancient artifact.

The pair were first arrested on October 18th after surveillance footage showed them spray-painting a brick wall near the Tha Phae Gate. They were granted bail a few days later.

Schneider said they were very drunk at the time and didn’t immediately remember what they had done the next day. In a public Facebook post, she also apologized and said she wished she could take her actions back.

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It’s unknown when Schneider will be able to return home.

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