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Story by George Diepenbrock, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World
A Douglas County judge Wednesday ordered a 19-year-old Eudora man to serve one year on probation, perform 200 hours of community service and help repay insurance costs for vandalizing the Eudora school district’s stadium in July.
“I would just like the courtroom to know that I am truly sorry for what I did to the high school and to the community,” said Spencer T. Board, a 2011 Eudora High School graduate. “There is really no reason (why I did it). It was just a childish thing. It was a whim that was spontaneous and childish.”
Board pleaded guilty in October to misdemeanor criminal damage for spray-painting the Eudora school district’s stadium earlier this year, an act that caused $32,000 in damage.
Prosecutors alleged that on July 7, Board and two juvenile co-defendants spray-painted part of the $2 million stadium that opened last fall on the Eudora High School campus, 2203 Church St. Turf, a concession stand, concession stand light-cover lenses, the track and restroom entrances were damaged. The two juveniles are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30.
“You’ve caused your family embarrassment, caused yourself embarrassment, and you’ve created some disappointment and anger within the community that educated you, that provide you a public education, for no apparent reason other than immaturity, stupidity and impulsiveness,” District Judge Michael Malone said.
Malone agreed to order restitution of $5,000 — to be paid by Board and likely the two juveniles after they’re sentenced — to the district to cover the insurance deductible for the repairs. The request came in a letter from Eudora Superintendent Don Grosdidier.
Malone also ordered Board, who planned to enroll at Kansas State University next semester, to spend most of his community service time cleaning up graffiti and to stay off school district property for one year. He also must write a letter of apology to the school district and request it be printed in the high school’s newspaper.
If he violates terms of his probation, Board could spend six months in jail.