Teens to pay restitution in mall shooting

July 12, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Two teenage boys accused of shooting out windows at Hecht's at Valley Mall in January will have to pay nearly $7,000 in restitution to the store after they were sentenced Wednesday in a juvenile court hearing.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, admitted Wednesday in the hearing to single charges of malicious destruction of property.

The two, who both are from Hagerstown, each will have to pay $3,445, and each was sentenced to supervised probation.

The 17-year-old, who now works full time after graduating from Washington County Technical High School, faces six months probation.

The 16-year-old, a Williamsport High School student, was placed on probation until his restitution could be paid.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Michelle Flores said county Sheriff's Deputy Arnold Cerezo was called to Hecht's on the morning of Jan. 22 and found 25 holes in five glass window panes near the men's department.

A surveillance tape showed a car driving by the store three times, the night before. The third time the passenger window was down, Flores said. A maintenance worker found several BBs.


Police identified the two boys when one of them began bragging about the shooting to friends, Flores said.

The boys told Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley they were sorry for what they did. Beachley required them both to write letters to Hecht's managers "about how stupid this was, and how foolish and what lessons you've learned."

Also in juvenile court Wednesday:

  • Two high school boys admitted to charges of disrupting school activities in separate incidents.

    On April 11, a 15-year-old boy at Williamsport High School allegedly threatened to assault a teacher who had asked him to not hang from a door jamb, Flores said.

    The boy admitted to one count of disrupting school activities and, as part of the plea agreement, the State's Attorney's Office dropped a second charge of threatening a school official.

    The boy's disposition is scheduled next week.

    A second boy, a 16-year-old Smithsburg High School student from Cascade, was sentenced to four months supervised probation after he admitted to the school disruption charge. As part of the plea agreement, the State's Attorney's Office dropped a second-degree assault charge.

    Flores said the boy continued fighting with another boy March 21 after a school official told the two to break up the fight. The teen also was ordered to pay $50 in restitution to the other family.

  • Four boys from the Sharpsburg area - three of them 13 and one 12 - were ordered to pay $96 apiece to the Sharpsburg Little League after they broke into a concession stand at the field in April and took snacks and change.

    The boys' cases were placed on an inactive docket, which would be expunged in one year if they do not break any more laws.

  • A 15-year-old North Hagerstown High School student admitted to one count of marijuana possession and was placed on indefinite supervised probation. If he violates probation, he could be placed in a detention facility.

    Flores said school administrators searched the boy's locker after he was found smoking a cigarette in a closet. Administrators found a bag of marijuana in his locker, Flores said.

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