A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a hearing next month to determine how much Biesiot will have to pay the MBTA for cleaning up after him.
The jury found Biesiot not guilty of tagging up the Blue and Orange Lines, the DA's office reports.
According to the DA's office:
[Special Assistant District Attorney Mychii] Snape presented evidence and testimony to prove that, beginning in 2007, Boston and Transit Police began to see an increase in vandalism attributed to the graffiti crew known as “Dirty 30.” Through an extensive investigation and communication with law enforcement agencies across the country, Biesiot was identified as a member of that group who used the tag name “WYSE.”
On Jan. 12, 2008, MBTA employees at Reservoir Yard in Brookline discovered 12 Green Line trolleys, a retaining wall, and a signal box had all been vandalized with graffiti, including the tag “D-30” in multiple locations. Three months later, on March 16, Biesiot’s tag name was discovered among the graffiti spray painted along one full side of a train at Codman Yard in Dorchester.
On March 15, 2010, an MBTA motorman performing overnight work on a train at Alewife observed two men - one of whom was later identified as Biesiot - spray painting two trains. He remained hidden and called Transit Police. Biesiot and the other man made their escape through an emergency exit prior to the arrival of officers, but the worker was able to identify Biesiot.
The DA's office says Biesiot has been spreading his tag around the country's trains (and on buildings near trains) since at least 1996 - he's been charged with vandalism in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and North Carolina.