RC Vandals’ sentences require apologies to the victims

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. — Three people were sentenced in District Court last week for vandalizing nine properties, including three churches, over the course of two days in Rutherford County.

Andrew Patrick Crosland, 24, Branson Allen Conley, 17, and Collin Ray Hipp, 17, were charged with the vandalization that happened on October 29 and 30, 2016. Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Rutherfordton had windows shattered. The Second Baptist Church experienced a damaged signboard and spray-painted columns. WCAB had their jam box sprayed with obscenities.

Crosland, Conley, and Hipp were charged with six counts of injury to personal property, five counts of injury to real property and one felony count of injury to building/fence/wall.

All three were sentenced to 2 consecutive sentences by Judge C. Randy Pool in January 2018. Conley received 45 days suspended sentence, 24 months of supervised probation. If not in school, he must be employed for 40 hours per week. Additionally Conley must perform 33 hours of community service at KidSenses, and pay court costs. Further  he must write an apology to the victims and pay $12, 135 restitution. The case will be appealed.

Crosland received 2 consecutive sentences of 45 days suspended sentence, 24 months of supervised probation. If not in school, he must work for 40 hours per week. Additionally Crosland must perform 40 hours of community service and pay court costs of #385. He also must pay restitution and write an apology to the victims.

Hipp received 45 days suspended sentence, 24 months of supervised probation. He must either obtain his high school diplomar of hes G.E.D. Additionally Conley must perform 33 hours of community service at KidSenses, and pay court costs of $180 and attorney Alicia Vega’s fee of $385.Further  he must write an apology to the victims and pay $12, 135 restitution.