Fort Ripley man may go to prison for damaging property

Brandon David Plante, 18, Fort Ripley, was charged in the Morrison County District Court with one felony count of first degree aiding and abetting criminal damage to property.

On Jan. 20, officers in Little Falls responded to a property damage complaint. The resident of the rental property told them that while she was away from Jan. 18 – 19, she had given permission for a number of individuals to be in her home. When she returned, she discovered numerous holes which had been kicked and/or punched into the drywall and doors, plus there were holes created with a knife in the living room walls.

The officers contacted the owner of the property who got a repair estimate of $1,131.50. Further investigation allegedly revealed three minors and Plante were at the residence.

One minor allegedly indicated that on Jan. 18, they had observed Plante and another minor punch and kick holes in the walls and doors.

According to the criminal complaint, another minor told officers he and Plante had punched and stabbed the holes in the walls both upstairs and downstairs because they were bored.

When Plante was interviewed, he said he punched one hole in an upstairs bedroom, but denied causing any other damage.

A third minor allegedly said she had encouraged the damage, but by the time she left, she had not seen Plante or the other minors do any damage.

She allegedly told officers that Plante was drunk and high and that he apparently got out of control.

If convicted, Plante faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.