Marko Markovich, 28, one of three men who successfully BASE jumped 1,368 feet from the communication ring at One World Trade Center in the fall of 2013, has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine—a sentence on par with that issued to his co-jumpers, James Brady, 32, and Andrew Rossig, 33, earlier this month.
While Judge Juan Merchan has accused all three men of glorifying their jump (they were all on the cover of Maxim, after all), he was especially critical of Markovich. According to the NYTimes, Markovich once described the NYPD as "a bunch of rodeo clowns" in an interview, and posted a picture of himself with detectives on Instagram, with the caption #Basejumpingisnotacrime.
“Of the three defendants, none have shown more contempt for the process than your client,” Judge Merchan told Markovich's attorney, Joseph Corozzo.
“Was he cocky, brash, boastful, unwarranted?” Corozzo said in court. “Absolutely. But that’s not the Marko Markovich of today.”
The men took their daring jump on September 30th, 2013, around 3:00 a.m. During the trial, which started this June, Brady, an ironworker, admitted to stashing parachutes and other equipment inside 1 WTC for Markovich and Rossig while working at the site. While friend Kyle Hartwell, 29, stood by as lookout, the three men made the leap with helmet-mounted GoPros. The result was a breathtaking video.
While all three jumpers were initially charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and illegal BASE jumping (there's a city ordinance against jumping off of buildings), a jury acquitted the trio of felony charges for burglary early in the trial proceedings.
Markovich will serve 300 hours of community service, to Rossig's 200, and Brady's 250.