Men accused of vandalism spree in Great Barrington must pay restitution


PITTSFIELD -- Two men police say were involved in a vandalism spree in Great Barrington last summer had their cases dismissed on Tuesday after agreeing to pay restitution to the town for the damage they caused.

Austin Phillips of Washington and Jony Iglesias of Pittsfield, both 19, appeared in Central Berkshire District Court and pleaded to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt on vandalism and malicious destruction of property charges. Their cases were continued without a finding of guilt.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel told the pair that if they each paid $130 in restitution, he would dismiss the charges at the end of the day on Tuesday.

According to police and prosecutors, Great Barrington Police discovered slashed tires, overturned trash cans and street signs, graffiti and broken clay planters along the town's Main Street in the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2012.

A short time later, police responded to Lake Mansfield beach, where they found more damage, including damage to picnic tables, fence rails, water fountains and trash cans. Police apprehended a group of seven people as they attempted to leave the parking area in a single vehicle. Each one later received summons to appear in court on charges of vandalism and malicious destruction.

Jesus Ramirez, 19, and Joseph Smith, 18, already have pleaded to their charges and received similar dispositions as Phillips and Iglesias.

Taylor Fiske, 19, of Hinsdale, had his case continued without a finding of guilt on his charges and was ordered to pay $450 in court fees.

In March, Parker Sanneh, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of malicious destruction of property. He was ordered to pay fees and fines.

A seventh person, Jesse Boateng, 22, is scheduled to take his case to trial in September.


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