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Man pleads guilty in Pa. vandalism spree

July 29, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - One of two adults charged with taking a group of juveniles on a vandalism spree through Chambersburg in May pleaded guilty Wednesday in Franklin County to two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

Brian L. McWilliams, 34, of Narvon, Pa., also pleaded guilty before Judge Carol Van Horn to an unrelated charge of driving under the influence. He is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 1 on all the charges, according to his attorney, Clinton Barkdoll.

According to the terms of the agreement, McWilliams will receive a sentence on the conspiracy charges equal to the amount of time he has served when he comes up for sentencing, or approximately 90 days, Barkdoll said. The drunken-driving sentence, a minimum of two days in jail, will be served after the criminal conspiracy charge.

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McWilliams and Roseann Thompson, 36, no fixed address, were charged by Chambersburg police with multiple counts of criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief for damage caused to vehicles in the borough between May 29 and June 1. Damage to the vehicles was more than $12,500, according to police records.

"I was driving the truck around and the juveniles were shooting the windows out ... with BB guns" on the night of May 30-31, McWilliams told Van Horn when he entered the plea agreement.

In exchange for the plea, three counts of criminal mischief and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief will be dismissed. Barkdoll said his client will be responsible for his share of the restitution in the case.

Thompson was in court last week and waived her mandatory arraignment, according to Assistant District Attorney Nancy Meyers. Thompson's case was scheduled for the September trial term.

In addition to multiple counts of criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, Thompson also is charged with two counts each of statutory sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor, and six counts each of furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors, according to court records.

Police allege Thompson had sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy on two occasions in May.

Thompson was arrested in the borough at about 2 a.m. June 1, according to police records. She was in a pickup truck with four juveniles, two of them her children, along with pellet guns, C02 cartridges and packs of BBs, police said.

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