Teen gets detention time for Lincoln crime spree

A number of neighborhood business were vandalized




A 14-year-old boy was sentenced Monday to 17 to 36 weeks in detention for a vandalism spree in December and January that left several Lincoln neighborhood businesses with broken windows and other damage.

Micah Black, a Lincoln resident, pleaded guilty Feb. 14 in Clark County Juvenile Court to burglary, second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree malicious mischief in exchange for fewer charges.

He received 15 to 36 weeks of detention in a juvenile institution for the burglary, 30 days each for the malicious mischief convictions and credit for 65 days already served. He could be out of detention in less than 15 weeks if he exhibits good behavior, said Deputy Prosecutor Rick Olson.

Juvenile Court Commissioner Dayann Liebman also required Black to serve 40 hours of community service and a year’s probation, and pay $200 in court fees and a not-yet-determined amount of restitution.

The convictions relate specifically to a burglary at Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar at 205 E. 39th St., and vandalism at Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th St., and Prima Bella Salon, 3905 N.W. Washington St. However, there were at least seven other victims and, most likely, more than that, Olsen said.

Black caused about $3,000 in damage at Latte Da, owner Scott Flury previously told The Columbian.

This isn’t the first time the teenager has been in trouble with the law. He previously served 20 days in juvenile detention and performed 40 hours of community service for an April 28, 2012, arson.

He lives with his grandparents. They said they took him in as a toddler because his mother was addicted to methamphetamine.

His accomplice in the Lincoln rampage, Steven Mahoney, also 14, was sentenced Feb. 22 to 45 days of detention, 50 hours of community service and a year’s probation for a count of second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree malicious mischief and a count of third-degree malicious mischief. The accomplice’s sentence was less severe because he didn’t have a criminal history, Olson said.

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