ELBERTON, Ga. — The District Attorney of the Northern Judicial Circuit says the person who bombed the Georgia Guidestones will face a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Parks White serves as the district attorney in Elberton, where the 42-year-old granite monument was destroyed Wednesday after someone planted an explosive device at the site overnight.
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The monument, which was commissioned by anonymous donors and features cryptic messages, has been fodder for conspiracy theories for decades.
White said that regardless of how people feel about the monument, destroying a public, historical landmark is a criminal act.
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“Detonating a massive explosive device capable of shattering a granite tablet in an area surrounded by residences is a criminal act which placed many people in peril of serious injury,” White said.
White said the monument was owned by the governing authority in Elbert County and that any structure open to the public is considered a public building.
The penalty for destroying a public building with an explosive is a minimum of 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
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White said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation already has many leads. Anyone with any information is asked to call the GBI Region 11 at 706-552-2309.
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