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Judge Baugh to vandal: Get a 'real job' and repay victims

Judge Baugh to vandal: Get a 'real job' and repay victims

A Billings judge on Monday sentenced a 21-year-old man for a 2012 vandalism spree and suggested he replace his fast-food job with a “real job” so he can better pay restitution to his victims.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Brandon Daniel Turell to 10 years in custody of the state department of corrections, with five years suspended, and ordered him to pay about $13,600 in restitution.

According to prosecutors, Turrell and a co-defendant, Caleb Channing Powers, used a stolen BB gun to shoot out the windows of about 100 vehicles and at least one house on Dec. 11 and 12 of 2012.

Powers has already been sentenced in the case, and earlier this year Turell pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of theft, theft by accountability and DUI.

“I’m very sorry for everything I’ve done,” Turell told the judge, adding that he takes responsibility for his actions.

Baugh asked Turell, who bonded out of jail about 18 months ago, what he has done to start paying back the victims of the vandalism spree.

Turell replied that he has been working at Burger King.

“Why can’t you get a real job?” the judge asked.

Turell replied that he is making $9.50 an hour.

Baugh told Turell he needs to get a “real job” and to work towards paying restitution.

Turell was identified as a suspect in the vandalism spree when a car he was driving was stopped at 2:30 a.m. for speeding.

Prosecutors said a preliminary breath test showed Turell had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.112 percent.

Baugh also revoked Turell’s sentence for felony counts of robbery and burglary from 2009 and ordered him into Department of Corrections custody until he reaches age 25 in 2018.

After the sentences were pronounced, a detention officer handcuffed Turell and led him out of the courtroom.



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City news reporter for the Billings Gazette

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