Teen church vandals to be in juvenile court Sandusky boy, 14, admits to amended charges

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Three of the four area co-defendants in the April 1 vandalism incident at Milan Baptist Church have pretrial hearings scheduled for Friday in Huron County Juvenile Court.

"It's possible they could enter a plea or they could discuss procedural issues," court administrator Chris Mushett said.

On June 16, a 14-year-old Sandusky boy admitted to amended charges of attempted breaking and entering and attempted vandalism, both first-degree misdemeanors if committed by an adult. Mushett said the defendant's case was transferred to Erie County Juvenile Court for disposition.

The boy's three accomplices -- two 16-year-old Milan boys and a 16-year-old rural Norwalk boy -- are charged with vandalism, a fourth-degree felony, and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. The Sandusky boy faced the same charges before his June 16 hearing and subsequent plea deal.

The June 11 pretrial hearings for all four area youths were postponed because the attorneys hadn't solidified "some sort of resolution" to the cases, Mushett said.

"The defense attorneys want more time to work with their clients to discuss a possible plea agreement," he said earlier.

The boys are accused of sliding a side window open and emptying the contents of two fire extinguishers in the sanctuary, cloth pews, hallways and "every single classroom," Huron County Sheriff's Lt. Annette McLaughlin said soon after the incident. The investigator also said the culprits, who were bored at the time, forced open the pastor's locked door and one boy urinated near the baptismal area of the sanctuary.

"It wasn't a retaliatory thing. It didn't have anything to do with the church," McLaughlin said earlier, mentioning that the boys were cooperative.

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