Man accused of spray-painting hateful graffiti seeks mental health treatment

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INDIO (CNS) - A judge is expected to decide Tuesday, Dec. 29 whether a man who allegedly spray-painted racist and anti-LGBTQ graffiti and caused other property damage to a community center in Palm Springs will undergo mental health treatment in lieu of facing criminal charges and the possibility of jail time. Charinda Godakanda, 46, of Palm Springs is accused of vandalizing the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center at Desert Highland Park in early July, along with an electric car charging station. Repair costs totaled $4,176, according to court papers. The defendant remains out of custody on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty to one count each of grand theft and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, both felonies, and two misdemeanor vandalism counts. According to defense atto
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