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2 face charges related to vandalism of Gerald Ford gravesite

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Authorities say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have been charged with misdemeanors.

Grand Rapids prosecutors have charged Christian Johnson with malicious destruction of tombs and memorials and Alexis Binkert with receiving and concealing stolen property.

City of Grand Rapids Police released a photo that appears to show Johnson marking or digging into panels that reads, "Lives Committed to God, Country and Love." They had been skateboarding in the area and stopped at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum grave site.

Police say they turned themselves in after the March 27 incident and returned a missing letter from the panel. Johnson has said he was sorry and didn't know the significance of the gravesite.

Both await arraignment.

First Lady Betty Ford and President Gerald Ford are buried outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum dedicated to their presidency.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.