Four Massachusetts teens were convicted of a malicious destruction of property under $250, after a series of house parties that allegedly resulted in over $50,000 worth of damage to an East Bridgewater home.
According to the Brockton Enterprise, 4 out of six defendants at the Brockton District Court were convicted of the criminal charge, but were sentenced to only 1 year of probation, and community service.
It is an open question how no one was charged with a more serious crime of malicious damage , with all of that property damage to the home. Malicious damage penalties in Massachusetts can result in penalties of up to 2 1/2 years in prison, and 3 times the value of the property damage caused.
Presumably the state couldn’t prove a more serious version of the property destruction charges, which apparently took place over a number of days, with many different people in the home for a raucous party. It is likely that the prosecutor couldn’t prove who was responsible, or what their intent was, so they had to settle for a relatively minor plea and a light penalty for so much destruction.
The teens were lucky to avoid felony criminal charges.