Teen sentenced to nearly a year's confinement for November crime spree

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: February 8, 2013, 3:19 PM

 

A Vancouver teenager was sentenced Friday in Clark County Juvenile Court to 340 days in confinement for a property crime spree in November.

Ryan J. Rodriguez, 15, and at least one accomplice slashed tires on at least seven vehicles near state Highway 500, tagged at least 21 vehicles in the St. Johns area, smashed in church and business vans, burglarized a motorcycle shop and shoplifted at a convenience store in a span of seven days.

He pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree malicious mischief in exchange for the reduced charges.

The sentence includes 60 days in juvenile detention and 280 days in a juvenile institution, where more services are offered. He will receive credit for 77 days he's already served.

Rodriguez also will be on probation for 12 months after his release and will be required to do 40 hours of community service.

The crimes affected at least 30 victims, though more victims may still be unidentified, said Jeff Olsen, the court’s victim impact program coordinator.

The victims included the detention officer who ushered the boy into the courtroom Friday.

Rodriguez spray painted Charissa Hokanson’s vehicle during a tagging spree on Nov. 18.

Hokanson told Judge John Nichols that she cleaned off what she could and then took the car to a car wash hoping that none of the paint would remain permanently but was unable to remove paint from the tires.

“I don’t like seeing it,” she said. “It’s kind of (affected) pride of ownership.”

She said she saw many other vehicles and businesses marked up that day.

“This was very expensive to many people,” she said.

She said she spoke with the boy and a 17-year-old suspect in the case.

“I wanted them to know the burden of that,” she said. “My daughter works at a coffee shop. One lady (told her) she didn’t have money for the deductible for insurance (to repair her car). They are still driving around with paint on their car.”