No Jail Expected For 4 Of 5 Bronner's Vandals 2-08-2011 - WNEM TV 5

No Jail Expected For 4 Of 5 Bronner's Vandals 2-08-2011

Four of the five suspects in the Christmas Day vandalism spree at a popular Christmas-themed store in mid-Michigan have agreed to plea deals, and the fifth is working on a plea agreement.
Nineteen-year-old Ryan Buckler, 21-year-old Branden Dean, 17-year-old Caleb Quintanilla and 20-year-old Samuel Quintanilla waived their right to a preliminary hearing in district court Tuesday.
It's with the understanding they'll plead guilty to lesser charges in Circuit Court. They're expected to avoid jail time and have their criminal records sealed.
Twenty-one-year-old Nickolas Bright also waived the hearing but didn't have a plea agreement.
The Christmas Day attack caused damage to more than 70 life-size figurines and outraged the community.
The vandals destroyed a life-size Santa and his reindeer, split a nutcracker in half, and smashed and dismembered several other holiday displays at the Bavarian-themed tourist destination in Frankenmuth.
Authorities said much of the damage was done with a baseball bat.
Chief Executive Wayne Bronner told The Associated Press damage was estimated at $50,000, but other news outlets in the area reported the damage figure was closer to $20,000.
TV5's Liz Gelardi said she met with Bronner on Tuesday afternoon and says he forgave the five men. Gelardi said Bronner also talked with all of them and shook their hands.
The Saginaw News reported Tuesday that the men have also agreed to pay more than $18,000 in restitution.
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