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18-year-old man charged with criminal damage of Eudora school stadium

July 28, 2011

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Douglas County prosecutors have filed a felony charge of criminal damage to property against an 18-year-old Eudora man who is accused of spray-painting the artificial turf and other objects at the new Eudora District Stadium.

Spencer Travis Board made a first appearance in court Thursday, and a judge scheduled his next appearance for Aug. 24. Prosecutors filed the criminal damage count Wednesday after Eudora police arrested Board on July 14.

He had posted $2,500 bond that day.

Prosecutors allege that on July 7 he caused more than $25,000 in damage to the $2 million stadium that opened last fall on the Eudora High School campus, 2203 Church St. Vandals damaged turf, a concession stand, concession stand light cover lenses, the track and restroom entrances.

Police also detained two juvenile suspects July 14, but prosecutors said Thursday they hadn’t yet been charged.

School district officials said they expect repairs to exceed $100,000, but they are working on a way to fix the damage in the short-term to allow games to be played there in the fall.

Board is listed as a 2011 Eudora High School graduate. If convicted of the felony count, he could face from 11 months to 34 months in prison, although he likely would be eligible for probation, unless he has a significant criminal history, according to state sentencing guidelines.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 4 months ago

$25,000 in damage, and he likely would be eligible for probation.

Oh boy.

scb94 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh, but they should go to jail for two years? people make mistakes and obviously this is one. Of course no one cares if a drug addict is on the streets, but when a KID pulls a prank gone bad everyone thinks they should have the REST of their life ruined? Mature up

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 4 months ago

That was a lot more than a prank! He's 18, and therefore an adult. And the way the prank went bad is that he got caught.

If I were to damage your car or home to the extent of $25,000 damage, would you consider that to be a merely a prank?

He knew what he was doing, and if he did not know that there were quite likely to be consequences to his actions, he belongs in a mental insitution.

JustNoticed 3 years, 4 months ago

But if he's out on probation he can work to pay for the damage. Throw him in jail and risk further degeneration not to mention the expense of housing him.

Jamea CallsHim 3 years, 4 months ago

Let me know if the kid is able to find a job that pays around $100,000 in a year or so, I'd like to apply, and considering I dont have a felony I'd be m ore likely to get the position!

obamasocks 3 years, 4 months ago

Are there any photos of this stadium damage? Its been all over the news the last month, but I've yet to even see what the damage is.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 4 months ago

How about sentencing this man to conditional probation. He takes a job with the city of Eudora for a period of two years. He receives pay of zero for those two years. (He can live at home with parents or couch surf with friends). If he completes his two years, he's completed his sentence and he can get on with his life. If he does not, he can spend some time behind bars (maybe a couple of months) and live with a conviction on his record. I've seen it posted that this is a good kid who did something very foolish. This is a chance for him to prove he really is a good kid.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 4 months ago

O.K., he works for the school district.

trinity 3 years, 4 months ago

probation by its nature is conditional; if a defendant does not comply with probation requirements probation is revoked (or should be) and the underlying jail sentence is imposed. at least in an ideal world. :-/

Tony Kisner 3 years, 4 months ago

Take the jail time over time with mom and dad, kid.

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