Cass teens sentenced for out-of-hand prank

Published 3:33 am Saturday, May 3, 2003

By By MARCIA STEFFENS / Niles Daily Star
CASSOPOLIS -- Two of the high school students who pled guilty to vandalizing Ross Beatty High School on Oct. 10 last fall appeared before Cass County Circuit Court Judge Michael E. Dodge Friday.
Two others are scheduled for sentencing next Friday.
Both young men had the support of their families and some of the high school staff though letters that had been received by the court. Cassopolis Attorney James Miller told Judge Dodge he believed this was the first time he was requesting that the two be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.
Should they comply with all the rules of their probation, no conviction would go on their record.
Before Dodge did agree that such a sentence would be fair, he emphasised the vandalism done in those early morning hours was extensive. Chickens were let loose in the building, keys were destroyed by super glue and needed to be replaced, eggs were tossed, fire extinguishers were let off and black paint was sprayed. Damage was estimated at more than $20,000.
Both will be on probation for two years and will also have to perform 200 hours community service.
Randall Chelsea Ivens, 19, 60921 Born St., Jones, acknowledged his mistake, said Miller.
Ivens will pay $10 a month for probation fees, $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund, $60 DNA fee, $350 attorney fees, $450 court costs, and restitution of $3, 504.92.
Jonathan Lee Robinson, 19, 417 S. East St., Cassopolis will pay $40 a month probation fees and the same fees as Ivens.
In other sentencings:
Sands was spotted driving a 2000 Ford one ton truck with a trailer, stolen from White Pigeon, that had stolen plates and no lights. Speeds went up to 100 miles an hour and road blocks were ignored by Sands.
The officers also found that the truck was stolen from Indiana and the tires inside the trailer from another location. These offenses were done while he was on parole.
Sands was sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections for 16 months to two years. He is to pay $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund and a $60 DNA fee.
While intoxicated, Williamson was a passenger in a vehicle in which the driver was involved in the theft of beer from the Shell Mart in Marcellus. The driver fled when stopped and williamson resisted by spitting and kicking when apprehended.
He is to pay $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund and a $60 DNA fee. Dodge objected to tether, but not to work release.