• No jail in power line vandalism
    July 08,2013
     

    No jail in power

    line vandalism

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    ST. JOHNSBURY An 18-year-old man who pleaded no contest to charges he took part in a vandalism spree that destroyed 136 glass insulators on a high-voltage power line in Concord never would have participated if he would have known how dangerous it was, his attorney said. Jordon Hamel, of Littleton, N.H., entered the plea last month in exchange for a three-year deferred sentence, community service and restitution.

    If he abides by the terms of his sentence the conviction will be wiped from his record.

    Utility officials said the incident last October could have ended tragically with the 450,000 volts carried by the power lines arcing or being diverted into the ground, potentially electrocuting Hamel and others.

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