WARREN - The second of two men charged with massive vandalism last spring at the construction site of the new Niles McKinley High School pleaded guilty Thursday to a series of charges that will most likely land him in jail for six months and another six to eight months in an alternative sentencing program.
Joseph Barrickman II, 20, of Woodside Drive, Leavittsburg, must first undergo a presentence investigation ordered by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice.
Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said a plea bargain agreement with attorney J. Gerald Ingram, who represents Barrickman and a co-defendant, calls for the pair to also serve five years probation and pay some restitution for the damage.
''All the parties have signed off on the deal and they agree with the terms,'' Wildman said, adding that Barrickman and Michael Butler, 20, of Robbins Avenue, Weathersfield, have no criminal histories. He said Coates Construction, Hammond Construction, Niles City Schools and two private homeowners near the school all suffered losses.
Butler pleaded guilty to the same charges in November and is awaiting the completion of his presentence investigation ordered by another judge.
Both remain free on bond in the meantime after pleading guilty to four counts of vandalism, aggravated theft and criminal damaging. A charge of robbery was dismissed in exchange for both pleas.
Both men also turned themselves into Niles police after the vandalism was discovered at the school property.
Police said more than $100,000 in damage was estimated after heavy equipment was used to tear a path of destruction on and off the school property last March.
Police said the pair used an excavator for the joyride at the school grounds where numerous work sheds, portable toilets, a privately owned swimming pool, a deck, and fencing on Wade Avenue were destroyed. The rear of a vacant home on Woodland Avenue also was destroyed.
According to witnesses, the two men also were involved in an altercation with a resident who yelled at them to stop. The pair are alleged to have run onto property belonging Jonathan Clouser, 158 Wade Ave., and fought with him as they attempted to escape. The altercation resulted in the robbery charge that was dismissed against both men.