Hamilton man reaches plea agreement in vandalism

2011-10-27T08:41:00Z 2011-10-28T05:43:18Z Hamilton man reaches plea agreement in vandalismThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 27, 2011 8:41 am  • 

HAMILTON -- A Hamilton man has pleaded guilty to his role in a spring vandalism spree that involved stealing paint, using it to damage buildings and vehicles and setting a garage on fire.

Micah Romel Brown, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary, arson and criminal mischief for the May 17 damage in Hamilton.

Prosecutors allege Brown and two juveniles broke into a church and stole paint, used it to spray paint obscenities on 36 buildings or cars, poured buckets of paint from downtown rooftops and started a fire in a detached garage that threatened a family of four sleeping in the house nearby.

Brown also pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in the January theft of $3,000 in tools from a Hamilton shop, while prosecutors dropped charges of felony drug distribution and negligent endangerment filed in March.

The plea agreement calls for Brown to be sentenced to the custody of the Department of Corrections for 20 years and to pay restitution in an amount that has not been determined. Sentencing is set for Dec. 14.

One of the juveniles pleaded guilty Thursday to arson, burglary, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, all felonies. Prosecutors agreed to drop misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal trespass, and sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 22.

The juveniles were charged in adult court.



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