Man pleads guilty to Niles vandalism, damaging

Man pleads guilty to Niles vandalism, damaging


Joseph A. Barrickman II, 20, of Woodside Lane in Warren Township, has pleaded guilty to aggravated theft, vandalism and criminal damaging stemming from the theft of a John Deere tractor and using it to damage Niles McKinley High School in March.

Michael Butler, 20, of Robbins Avenue, Niles, pleaded guilty earlier to similar charges and will be sentenced Jan. 16.

Barrickman entered his plea Thursday before Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Barrickman will be sentenced after the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department conducts a presentence investigation.

Niles police said Butler and Barrickman used the tractor to smash several construction trailers at a construction site at 616 Dragon Drive and then damaged a vacant home at 134 Woodland Ave.

The tractor also damaged the football scoreboard, a chain-link fence and a residential swimming pool. Police found graffiti painted on walls inside the high school.

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