UTAH and ETHER, Chicago/New York
Punishment: Her: Six months in Rikers, six months in Boston prison, $10,000 in renumeration, five years probation, five-year ban on going to Boston. Him: Six months in prison, one year probation, ten thousand dollars in restitution.
UTAH and ETHER had one of the most highly publicized arrests when they were arrested coming back from Europe in 2009. They were often referred to as the "Bonnie and Clyde of graffiti" in the mainstream media.
UTAH—who'd changed her flight to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport upon learning she was wanted—was extradited to New York on charges of criminal mischief and burglary. One source told Newsday, "We consider her the number one active female tagger, possibly in the country, definitely in New York.”
ETHER, who'd been noticed by the MBTA (Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority) as early as 2005, was arrested by MBTA Transit Police as he flew in to JFK International.
Even though UTAH's lawyer said the probable outcome would be a "lengthy suspended sentence," she ended up doing nearly six months on Rikers. Upon her release, she was required to face court in Boston, where she pleaded guilty to 13 charges. She then served six months in the state of Massachusetts.
The following year, ETHER pleaded guilty to seven counts of vandalizing property in Boston. He was sentenced to a year inside, with six months to serve and the balance suspended on a probationary period of one year. He was also required to pay $10,000 in restitution to the MBTA.