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  • Second Hannibal boy sentenced in Clemens Field vandalism

  • A second Hannibal boy who vandalized a downtown stadium has been offered a job with the baseball team whose clubhouse he helped wreck.


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  • A second Hannibal boy who vandalized a downtown stadium has been offered a job with the baseball team whose clubhouse he helped wreck.
    The 12-year-old was one of two juveniles arrested in November 2008 after the pair was caught on videotape causing an estimated $100,000 damage to the Hannibal Cavemen facility at Clemens Field.
    The other vandal, a 13-year-old, was committed Dec. 5 to a Missouri Division of Youth Services facility outside Hannibal.
    On Tuesday, Judge David Mobley put the 12-year-old on probation and ordered him placed with a relative in Illinois. The boy and his father also each have to do 100 hours of community service for the team, which begins its first Prospect League season this summer.
    In addition, each juvenile must pay $4,000 in restitution, the maximum allowed under state law. The 13-year-old attended Tuesday’s hearing.
    So did Larry Owens, one of the team’s principal owners, who accepted the boys’ apologies and told the 12-year-old he could have a job at the ballpark this summer if he stays in school and out of trouble.
    “It might make the difference,” Owens said. “The kid played catcher last year. He might become a ballplayer. I think he’s at a pinnacle point where (the job offer) could make the difference.”
    Phil Livesay, 10th Circuit chief juvenile officer, said the 12-year-old had been on home detention with electronic monitoring since his arrest.
    “He’s been doing real well,” Livesay said. “He’s adjusted real well. He had no violations of the electronic monitoring system.”
    Livesay said the sentence was “definitely a lesson learned” for the boy.
    “He saw the other juvenile get the maximum,” he said. “Given the (12-year-old’s) age and the stupid thing he did, the court, I think, did the best it could.”
    Livesay said the best interest of the offender, previous problems with the law and other factors often are taken into account when different sentences are issued in the same case.
    The 13-year-old’s treatment is for an “indeterminate” amount of time, Livesay said.
    “It all depends on how the juvenile responds to treatment,” he said. “Some (offenders) may stay six months and some may stay three years. It all depends on them. They keep him until they feel he has made enough progress to be released.”
    The two boys got into the Cavemen facility late the night of Nov. 12 by crawling through a broken window on the east side of the building.
    For the next 18 minutes, cameras captured the vandals as they destroyed bathroom fixtures and security lights, tipped over a soda machine, used a hammer to punch holes in walls and a nail gun to shoot more than 90 projectiles into a wall.
    Livesay said the video monitoring “was a great tool in getting to the bottom” of the case and praised Cavemen ownership for its cooperation.
    Page 2 of 2 - Owens said insurance will cover most of the damage and that repairs already have been made.
    The 12-year-old has at least one job awaiting him at Clemens Field. His first community service work will be picking up old bags from sand that was used to help build up the playing surface.

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