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Area man sentenced in vandalism spree

July 08, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of two men convicted of smashing tens of thousands of dollars worth of windows and windshields during a 2002 vandalism spree was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six to 23 months in jail and 10 years on probation.

David Martin Danfelt Jr., 33, of 340 South Mont Valla Ave., in Hagerstown pleaded guilty on April 26 to five counts of criminal mischief and one count each of propulsion of missiles into an occupied building and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

"Basically, he and another individual went crazy with a slingshot and ball bearings," Assistant District Attorney John Lisko told Judge John R. Walker.

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Danfelt, formerly of Martinsburg, W.Va., had been charged with 22 counts each of criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, along with the receiving and propulsion of missiles charges, according to court records. The charges were filed by Pennsylvania State Police, Washington Township, Greencastle and Chambersburg police for a series of incidents that occurred between Feb. 3 and Oct. 21, 2002, when he and Timothy W. Corbiser were arrested.

Corbiser, 30, of 6455 Coffman Farms Road, Keedysville, was charged with similar offenses. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal mischief on April 28, court records state.

Corbiser was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday, but was not in court. Attorney Chris Sheffield said his client was recovering from surgery.

His sentencing was rescheduled for Wednesday, July 28, according to the Clerk of Courts Office.

Police charged Danfelt and Corbiser with dozens of acts of vandalism involving damage to residential and business windows and vehicle windshields, according to police records. Damage estimates exceeded $40,000, court records state.

One of the businesses, Talhelm's Gas, 2342 Buchanan Trail West, was hit about 10 times during the year, including in the early morning hours of Oct. 21 when police were conducting a surveillance at the Antrim Township service station.

Police pursued the pickup into West Virginia, according to one affidavit. During the chase, ball bearings and other objects where thrown from the truck, with one hitting the windshield of a police cruiser.

The truck was stopped near Martinsburg, according to the affidavit. Police said Danfelt was the passenger and Corbiser was the driver.

Danfelt's attorney Elliott Sulcove told the court his client has requested a restitution hearing in August to contest some of the damage figures that did not have contractor estimates on repairs.

The highest restitution figure was $5,610 to Talhelm's, according to the sentencing documents.

"I regret having a part in any of this. I regret there were so many victims," Danfelt said.

Walker told Danfelt he would be reminded of his actions "when he sees how much is taken out of his paycheck" for restitution.

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