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Octogenarian again pleads guilty to Merriam vandalism

Updated: 2013-10-24T04:59:51Z


The Kansas City Star

For the second time in less than a decade, an 81-year-old Shawnee man has admitted breaking the windows of a Merriam business.

Charles W. Worthington pleaded guilty Wednesday in Johnson County District Court to two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property.

A judge sentenced him on each count to six months in jail and placed him on probation for two years. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively, according to court records.

The charges stemmed from incidents in December and January at the GuitarLamp business.

Worthington pleaded guilty to doing the same thing at the same business in 2004.

GuitarLamp owner Dan Leap, a former Merriam City Council member, said that he believed the earlier incidents were the result of a political dispute over parking issues in the area. When the more recent charges were filed, he said he had no idea why it was done.

In May, Leap obtained a protection order to keep Worthington away from him and his business, according to Johnson County court records.

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