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Community Center vandal sentenced

By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com

February 20, 2014

A Sept. 29, 2013 vandalism spree inside the London Community Center has earned local resident nearly a year in prison.


Jonathan Weeter, 29, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Wednesday, Feb. 19.


It could have been worse for Weeter.


Already on parole for a 2011 theft conviction, Weeter faced an additional year behind bars for the September break-in. But Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello, who prosecuted the 2011 case, faced a conflict in revoking Weeter’s parole.


“You dodged a bullet,” Costello told Weeter.


The 10-month sentence was the result of a plea bargain with the county prosecutor’s office. Weeter admitted to vandalizing the community center. In return, a second charge of breaking and entering was dismissed.


Costello also ordered Weeter to make $273 in restitution to the City of London for damage inflicted when he and two juveniles broke through a door at the Walnut Street facility and sprayed floors and walls with fire extinguishers. The trio also took training equipment belonging to the city police department, a report said.


Fire extinguisher residue activated the center’s smoke alarms, drawing both firefighters and police officers to the building.


Wednesday’s court appearance was far from Weeter’s first.


Costello noted the 10-month sentence represented Weeter’s sixth stay in a state penitentiary since reaching adulthood.


“We’ve got to stop meeting like this,” Costello told the man.


The judge said Weeter’s previous offenses were all low-level felonies, but consequences grow more severe with each conviction.


Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.