Teen sentenced to probation in Mahomet bus barn incident

Teen sentenced to probation in Mahomet bus barn incident

URBANA — A Mahomet teen who admitted damaging vehicles belonging to Mahomet-Seymour High School has been sentenced to probation and ordered to make restitution.

Austin Gustafson, 18, of the 800 block of Cedar Ridge Court, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a juvenile petition charging him with criminal damage to school property, admitting that in May he damaged buses in the bus barn.

Mahomet police had received reports that on May 4 or 5, about seven or eight tires had been slashed on buses, and the transportation building on North Division Street had symbols spray-painted on it. Then, on May 26, six tires on drivers' education cars were slashed. Police Chief Mike Metzler received a tip about the youth's involvement.

Gustafson had initially been charged as an adult with felony criminal damage to property but as part of a negotiated settlement of his case, was allowed to plead guilty in juvenile court.

He was sentenced to a year of probation, ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution to the school district, and perform 25 hours of public service.

Co-defendant Odus Phillips, 17, of the 700 block of Colony Grove, Mahomet, is due in court on the same case early next month.

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