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Time served enough for teenage vandalism spree: judge

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A young Winnipeg man who embarked on an hours-long vandalism spree only to be caught by police with guns and homemade bombs won't serve any more jail time.

Dillon Lockhart, 18, was to walk free from jail this evening after a judge found his 6-1/2 months of lost freedom was enough punishment for a "crime spree" he took part in last fall that saw car windows shot out, transit shelters smashed and a crude bomb set off in a Dumpster.

"I have no doubt that Mr. Lockhart has the potential to be a law-abiding, productive member of society," provincial court Judge Judith Elliott said, calling his crimes "senseless."

Elliott granted Lockhart extra credit for the time he's spent on remand, meaning his sentence on paper is just shy of 10 months.

She placed him on probation for 18 months and ordered him to pay nearly $5,000 in restitution. The Crown sought a jail sentence of a year.

Lockhart had no criminal record but was denied bail after his arrest and has been in custody since.

Lockhart was one of a handful of suspects arrested after an Oct. 12 vandalism spree in east Winnipeg that saw them cruise around at night in a vehicle shooting out car windows with a pellet gun, damage property at two schools and set off an explosive device in a garbage bin outside a church, causing a minor fire.

When police searched Lockhart's home they found improperly-stored rifles in his bedroom, along with other home-made weapons and pipe bombs in the garage.

A psychological report suggested Lockhart hoped to impress his friends and wanted to fit in with them. He was found to be a low risk to reoffend.

There were no injuries in the vandalism spree. Two other suspects remain before the courts.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

 

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