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Teen pleads guilty to burglary, property damage

FARMINGTON — A Park Hills teen has admitted to breaking into an apartment while the resident there was asleep.

Brian Vessell, 17, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and property damage. Circuit Court Judge Sandra Martinez ordered a presentence investigation report to be compiled by the State Board of Probation and Parole and set formal sentencing for March 4.

According to court records, a neighbor spotted Vessell unhook a television and take other items such as a stereo, computer and a checkbook from an apartment while the resident was inside sleeping. Another person kept Vessell from leaving while the neighbor called police and woke the resident.

Police reported Vessell also had consumed pizza and made a sandwich while he was inside the residence. They reported he seemed to be under the influence of a drug.

While Vessell was being held in a holding cell at Park Hills Police Department, he caused damage to the door by prying on it and causing the wood around the handle to break.

In other court cases, Joel Bland, 29, of Cape Girardeau, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. His sentencing will be held March 4.

According to court records, Bland broke into a residence and caused serious physical injury to James Phillips by striking him July 16, 2002.

Samuel Mills, 25, of Doe Run, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he had received for possession of a controlled substance — meth. The judge will reconsider releasing him on probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Keith T. Bone, 25, of Farmington, was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree domestic assault.

According to court records, Bone got mad and began accusing others of stealing his drugs. He ran over a woman’s right leg with his vehicle and attempted to strike two others. He also struck several mailboxes.

Darrell G. Sansoucie, 22, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to failure to pay child support.

George Burtchett II, 26, of St. Louis, was sentenced to four years in prison after violating the probation he received for failure to pay child support.

Jeffrey Streng, 17, of Park Hills, was sentenced to five years in prison on two counts of second-degree burglary.

Christina Arndt, 25, of Leadington, pleaded guilty to forgery. Michael L. Gibson, Sr., 42, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty to failure to pay child support.

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