The five juveniles responsible for vandalizing the community garden at Brook Run Park will now dedicate 200 hours of community service to the garden as their punishment.
During overnight hours on March 30-31, the youths damaged vegetables destined for the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, deer fencing and trellises within the garden, among other damage.
In April, the juveniles were arrested and charged with second degree criminal damage to property – a felony that has a possible penalty of one to five years in prison.
An agreement reached after a hearing in the DeKalb Juvenile Court last week called for the youths to complete a total of 200 hours of community service (40 hours each) by August and pay $2,000 in restitution. The agreement will also keep the felony charge off their records.
Of the five juveniles, four are from Dunwoody and one is from Roswell. They were set to begin their community service last weekend.
Arthur Simon, with the garden, said all have apologized.