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.