Vandals get work-release, must pay for damage

January 11, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Two Westminster men will spend the next 57 days on work-release from the Carroll County Detention Center and the next two years on supervised probation after being found guilty of vandalizing two diesel trucks and a building last spring.

Christopher C. Dykes of the 600 block of Sunflower Court and Jeffrey B. Hammel of the 800 block of Cindy Lane, both 19, pleaded not guilty to a statement of facts, which addressed only one of the 20 charges of malicious destruction, conspiracy and tampering with a vehicle against them.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found them guilty of malicious destruction of property worth more than $300 for participation in the June 8 spray-painting of two trucks and a building on Railroad Avenue.

Between 12:40 a.m. and 12:45 a.m., Dykes, Hammel and a third man, Michael Dempsey of an unknown address, painted the left side of two International diesel trucks belonging to the Glamour Moving Co. and painted the old TSC building at 115 Railroad Ave., Westminster City Police Officer Ronald Garner said in court documents.

In Mr. Hammel's car, police found a can of white paint and drawings that matched designs painted on the defaced property, documents said.

Although the men originally were charged with several acts of vandalism that took place during the first half of 1992, both said they were involved in only one incident and acted as lookouts while Mr. Dempsey -- whom police have not found -- actually painted the vehicles and the building.

After Mr. Dykes' attorney, Judson K. Larrimore, explained that his client would be willing to serve many hours of community service to pay for his crime, Judge Burns told the court that the young men would pay "more than just hours."

"This is a very terrible crime," Judge Burns told Mr. Dykes and Mr. Hammel as he sentenced them.

In addition to the year in jail -- all but 60 days were suspended -- and probation, Judge Burns required the men to pay $1,445 each in restitution for damage to all the buildings and vehicles cited in the original 20-count charge, even though the men were convicted of only one count.

They will be expected to pay $50 a month toward the sum, according to court documents.

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