Teens accept plea deal in Medley Centre vandalism

Created: 08/05/2014 5:58 PM WHEC.com

A group of teens accused of breaking into, and vandalizing, a former shopping mall returned to court on Tuesday.

In Irondequoit Town Court, the teens admitted to breaking into the Medley Centre and damaging some of the property. They were originally charged with felony burglary and criminal mischief, but they all accepted plea deals. Instead of going to prison for breaking into the Medley Centre and doing what police estimate was $3,000 in damages, eight of the nine teens pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. As a part of the deal, the teens had to complete 80 hours of community service and pay $378 in restitution. Most of them completed their hours before the start of court.

However, one of them will spend time behind bars. Nicholas Lane, 19, completed less than half of his community service hours.

“You think community service is a joke, and you have a bad attitude,” Judge Joseph Genier said to Lane.

Judge Genier sentenced Lane to three weekends in the Monroe County Jail.

If the teens had not agreed to the deal, they would have faced a prison sentence of one to four years for felony burglary and criminal mischief.

All but Lane were given youthful offender status because they are under 18, so they will not have a criminal record.

Mall owner, Scott Congel, has complained of ongoing problems with break-ins and vandalism at the Medley Centre. He says he plans to develop the mall and hopes closer police surveillance will keep vandals out.

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