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Restitution may change for golf course vandals

by Sharon Carter

If their auto insurance companies cover a portion of the property damages which resulted from a January vandalism at the Carson Valley Golf Course, Bryan Norkunas, now 18, along with co-defendants Leslie Vido, 18, and Matt Kronenberg, 19, will appear before District Judge David R. Gamble to be assigned other penalties for their actions.

“It’s conceivable, even likely, that with three insurance companies involved, the remaining $11,000 (in restitution) would be covered,” Deputy District Attorney Derrick Lopez said Tuesday. “If that happens there should be other consequences.”

The three admitted to driving two pickup trucks up and down the fairways of the Carson Valley Golf Course the night of Jan. 19 – attempting vehicular gymnastics which tore up greens 3, 12, 13 and 14.

At a prior hearing, golf course owner Don Brooks said he had kept repair expenses lower than the original $76,000 estimate by purchasing equipment and doing much of the repair work with existing course personnel. At that time, Brooks said he had spent $52,000 to repair the course and had received a check for $41,000 from the course’s insurance carrier. It was the difference in the two amounts, Brooks’ out-of-pocket expense of $11,000, that Norkunas, Vido and Kronenberg were ordered to pay.

Norkunas, who was 17 at the time of the incident, appeared in juvenile court Tuesday. His attorney, Terri Roeser, asked Gamble to reduce his penalties to closer match those imposed on his codefendants.

In particular, Norkunas has been paying $250 per month for the past two months toward his share of restitution costs. The others’ restitution payment amounts are reportedly lower.

Norkunas had also been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service work laying sod at the golf course. Kronenberg and Vido received no service hours because, at their sentencing, Brooks told Gamble supervising the youths would simply amount to untenable annoyance and expense.

Gamble Tuesday ordered juvenile probation officers to decide on a more appropriate payment amount for Norkunas and eliminated the youth’s community service hours.

Gamble let stand his order that Norkunas participate in the Aspen Mediation Program with Brooks. Gamble said he wished the arbitration program, which brings offenders and victims face-to-face to promote community healing, could include the adult offenders as well.

Gamble set no date Tuesday for Norkunas to appear at a restitution hearing update, but indicated one would be set later.

At an earlier hearing, Gamble set July 21 to review the case and determine if additional damages must be charged to Vido and Kronenberg. At that time Gamble said he considered any increase in the course’s insurance rates which arises from the incident a restitutable expense. by Sharon Carter

Staff Writer

If their auto insurance companies cover a portion of the property damages which resulted from a January vandalism at the Carson Valley Golf Course, Bryan Norkunas, now 18, along with co-defendants Leslie Vido, 18, and Matt Kronenberg, 19, will appear before District Judge David R. Gamble to be assigned other penalties for their actions.

“It’s conceivable, even likely, that with three insurance companies involved, the remaining $11,000 (in restitution) would be covered,” Deputy District Attorney Derrick Lopez said Tuesday. “If that happens there should be other consequences.”

The three admitted to driving two pickup trucks up and down the fairways of the Carson Valley Golf Course the night of Jan. 19 – attempting vehicular gymnastics which tore up greens 3, 12, 13 and 14.

At a prior hearing, golf course owner Don Brooks said he had kept repair expenses lower than the original $76,000 estimate by purchasing equipment and doing much of the repair work with existing course personnel. At that time, Brooks said he had spent $52,000 to repair the course and had received a check for $41,000 from the course’s insurance carrier. It was the difference in the two amounts, Brooks’ out-of-pocket expense of $11,000, that Norkunas, Vido and Kronenberg were ordered to pay.

Norkunas, who was 17 at the time of the incident, appeared in juvenile court Tuesday. His attorney, Terri Roeser, asked Gamble to reduce his penalties to closer match those imposed on his codefendants.

In particular, Norkunas has been paying $250 per month for the past two months toward his share of restitution costs. The others’ restitution payment amounts are reportedly lower.

Norkunas had also been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service work laying sod at the golf course. Kronenberg and Vido received no service hours because, at their sentencing, Brooks told Gamble supervising the youths would simply amount to untenable annoyance and expense.

Gamble Tuesday ordered juvenile probation officers to decide on a more appropriate payment amount for Norkunas and eliminated the youth’s community service hours.

Gamble let stand his order that Norkunas participate in the Aspen Mediation Program with Brooks. Gamble said he wished the arbitration program, which brings offenders and victims face-to-face to promote community healing, could include the adult offenders as well.

Gamble set no date Tuesday for Norkunas to appear at a restitution hearing update, but indicated one would be set at later.

At an earlier hearing, Gamble set July 21 to review the case and determine if additional damages must be charged to Vido and Kronenberg. At that time Gamble said he considered any increase in the course’s insurance rates which arises from the incident a restitutable expense.

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