Thu. 6:50pm: Man charged in school vandalism

WARREN – The second of two men charged with massive vandalism last spring at the construction site of the new Niles McKinley High School pleaded guilty today to a series of charges that will most likely land him in jail for six months and another six to eight months in an alternative sentencing program.

Joseph Barrickman II, 20, of Woodside Drive, Leavittsburg, must first undergo a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice.

But assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said a plea bargain agreement with attorney J. Gerald Ingram, who represents Barrickman and a co-defendant, calls for the pair to also serve five years of probation and pay some restitution for the damage.

“All the parties have signed off on the deal and they agree with the terms,” Wildman said, adding that Barrickman and Michael Butler, 20, of Robbins Avenue, Weathersfield, have no criminal histories. He said Coates Construction, Hammond Construction, Niles City Schools and two private homeowners near the school all suffered losses.

Read the full story in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.