Los Angeles Police Department patrol car. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Police Department patrol car. Photo by John Schreiber.

A man caught on camera smashing the windows of an LAPD patrol car outside the Hollywood & Highland complex nearly a year ago pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony vandalism charge.

Leyston Rice, 28, was immediately sentenced to a year in county jail and five years probation.

He was also ordered to undergo 26 anger management classes and to pay more than $4,700 in restitution to the city of Los Angeles.

Prosecutors said Rice used metal stakes to smash five of the patrol car’s windows in an incident videotaped by witnesses, including a local news crew.

Video footage showed Rice leaning into the car’s front seat, pulling out a laptop computer and pushing buttons before he was swarmed by a group of officers and taken into custody.

Two other charges against him — burglary from a vehicle and grand theft — were dismissed as a result of his plea to the vandalism count.

City News Service

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