PLEASANT HILL, Ill. (AP) – A western Illinois man who used a torch to cut pieces off a barge to sell as scrap has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $10,600 in restitution.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that 32-year-old Jeremy McKinnon of Pleasant Hill was sentenced Monday in Missouri’s Pike County after entering an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree property damage. In such a plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a conviction.
Authorities reported catching McKinnon using a torch to cut pieces off the barge about near Clarksville last October. Investigators say McKinnon was selling the chunks as scrap. He originally was charged with felony property damage and theft.
Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig