Police & Courts

Liberty man pleads guilty in Quincy vandalism case

Conner Neisen
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 11, 2017 5:30 pm Updated: Oct. 11, 2017 5:46 pm

QUINCY -- A Liberty man entered a guilty plea Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court to one count of criminal damage to property arising from numerous vandalism incidents this spring in Quincy.

As part of the negotiated plea, Conner M. Neisen, 18, would be sentenced to probation, with terms and conditions up to the court, and be required to pay restitution of $50,721.

A misdemeanor charge of possession of ammunition without a firearm owner's identification card was dropped.

Neisen was arrested along with a 17-year-old April 9 after callers reported that a home and car windows were shot with BBs in an area from 12th and Adams to Front and Broadway.

During the investigation, officers were called to Front Street and Payson Avenue, where they found a 1992 Ford F-150 pickup truck that matched a vehicle description given in connection with the vandalism. Officers arrested Neisen and the juvenile after allegedly finding a BB gun in the truck.

First Assistant State's Attorney Todd Eyler said the criminal damage charge stems directly from windshields of Kohl Wholesale trucks being shot out, but the restitution is for all reported property damage.

Eyler said Neisen and the 17-year-old told police the route they took that day as well as other windows they shot out with the BB gun.

Responsibility for paying the restitution would be split between Neisen and the 17-year-old, Eyler said.

Neisen will return to court Dec. 18 for sentencing. He remains free after posting $300 bond.

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