A homeless woman accused of defacing the Utah State Capitol with messages protesting the governor's treatment of homeless issues was bound over Thursday to stand trial on a criminal mischief charge.
Third Circuit Judge Floyd Gowans found there was probable cause to proceed with prosecution of Nina Mincarelli, 43. He ordered her to appear for arraignment April 7 before 3rd District Judge Frank Noel.Mincarelli remained free, under supervision of a Salt Lake City homeless shelter, a court clerk said.
Mincarelli is accused in the Feb. 24 vandalism of the Capitol, in which the building's front steps, pillars and stone lions at side entrances were spray painted.
The graffiti demanded a hearing with Gov. Norm Bangerter, and protested that the governor had ignored homeless issues.
Prosecutors said the woman admitted committing the vandalism along with two others, whom she refused to name.
If convicted of criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, Mincarelli could face up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.