Mahomet teen referred to diversion in school break-in

Mahomet teen referred to diversion in school break-in

URBANA — A Mahomet teen who had been charged with breaking into the high school in that village last year has been referred to Champaign County's diversion program.

Austin Childress, 17, had been charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into the greenhouse at the Mahomet-Seymour High School on March 7 and taking grow lights for plants.

On Wednesday, he entered an agreement with the state saying that within 120 days he will complete 40 hours of public service, pay a $200 fine and take an online education course about marijuana abuse. In return, the state agreed that it will dismiss his felony burglary charge, allow him to plead guilty to misdemeanor theft and serve 18 months of conditional discharge, a form of probation without reporting to an officer.

Childress' co-defendant, Travis Hinton, 17, also of Mahomet, pleaded guilty in December to burglary for a sentence of a month in the county jail and three years of probation.

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adams wrote on January 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Ms. Schenk, what are "grow plants?" Perhaps you meant "taking grow lights?"

Mary Schenk wrote on January 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Yes, thank you for pointing out my error.