Teen found guilty in destructive Park City vandalism case
Boy, parents ordered into mediation with the Thaynes Canyon victim
THE PARK RECORD
A Juvenile Court judge in late May found a teen guilty of two counts related to an act of vandalism at a Thaynes Canyon house in October, the second of two youngsters who had a role in an especially destructive case that left the house trashed.
The boy is 15 and was 14 at the time of the vandalism. The Juvenile Court judge found him guilty of a count of burglary-dwelling and a count of criminal mischief, according to Utah State Court records. They are both second-degree felonies. Two other counts, one of criminal trespass – dwelling and the other of criminal mischief — were dismissed. The guilty counts are more serious than the ones that were dismissed.
The judge placed the boy on probation and included a series of terms in the order. The teen must complete 120 hours of community service with a completion date of Aug. 23, at the latest, and ordered 10 days of detention. The detention will be suspended if the teen completes the rest of the orders.
Some of the orders include providing a saliva sample for his DNA, including paying a $150 fee for the sampling, submitting to a fingerprinting, prohibiting him from obtaining a driving permit until allowed by the judge and barring him from accessing the Internet. A psychological evaluation was ordered.
The judge, meanwhile, ordered the boy and his parents into mediation with the victim as the sides reach a dollar figure that will be attached to restitution.
The vandalism occurred in what is ordinarily a quiet neighborhood tucked well away from the hubbub of Old Town and the mountain resorts. The extraordinary damage to the house made the case startling in a community where vandalism cases are usually relatively minor.
The damage was spread through much of the house, including a living room and kitchen that were essentially upended. A couch was overturned, furnishings were strewn about, the window on an oven was smashed and a microwave oven was destroyed. Bottles of wine were also destroyed, two sinks and a toilet were plugged and mattresses were slashed. Graffiti, including at least one racial epithet, was left on a wall. The vandals threw barbells from the second floor onto a counter top made of quartz.
The homeowner, Krista Dana, has said damage to the house totaled approximately $230,000. Dana’s insurance company covered most of the cost of repairs, but the homeowner wants to recover the rest through restitution in the two cases. The Dana family left the house for a rented condominium in November as repairs were underway. The family moved back into the house in mid-March.
The other teen involved admitted a role in the spring and was ordered into mediation as well as part of a judge’s order.
Dana has said the vandalism involved “sustained rage” rather than a singular act of punching through a wall or breaking a window with a rock. She also noted just afterward that nothing was stolen. The Dana family was out of town at the time of the vandalism.
The Park City Police Department said the two teens were apprehended after an officer patrolling nearby saw two people described as suspicious and heard the sound of glass breaking. The two ran away. The officer caught one of them and a police dog led the authorities to the second teen’s home.
The Park Record was unable to contact Dana. An attorney representing the teen found guilty by the judge did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
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