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20-year-old vandal serves 1 month, gets 3 years probation

Posted: May 14, 2014 5:57 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2014 5:57 p.m.

A 20-year-old man found guilty in December of spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and a Valencia home was placed on three years probation Wednesday after serving 28 days in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Jake Stanley Heffernan, 20, of Valencia appeared in San Fernando Superior Court for a progress report on the sentence handed down in December.

After entering a plea of no contest to one felony count of vandalism causing more than $400 in damage for the graffiti, Heffernan was sentenced in December to 28 days in jail, three years of formal probation and was ordered to pay $280 in restitution, according to District Attorney officials.

“Heffernan completed restitution and other terms of the sentence, so the felony vandalism count was reduced to a misdemeanor,” D.A. spokesman Ricardo Santiago said. “He’s now on summary probation for three years on this case.”

In a separate case, Heffernan also pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of trespassing in connection with an incident in November when he was arrested for being illegally inside a home in the 28000 block of Liana Lane in Valencia.

Heffernan was ordered to remain in “live-in rehab” for the trespassing case, Santiago said.

In the vandalism case, Heffernan was arrested Oct. 16 on suspicion of vandalism resulting in more than $400 in damage. According to the complaint, he defaced a Mercedes E350 car, a Ford pickup truck and a Chevrolet Suburban SUV all belonging to the same family, as well as the wall of a house, an electrical box and a utility box owned by Santa Clarita.

“The vandalism was very graphic,” said one resident of the North Park neighborhood where the crime took place.
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NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: May 15, 2014 7:25 a.m.

So, this kid had a prior and still got off with only a month in a cell? Must have something to do with dad being a Planning Commissioner.

Unreal: Posted: May 15, 2014 8:33 a.m.

I hope the "live in rehab" will turn him around. Sounds like drugs may have played a role in his not thinking clearly.

How much time do you think someone should do in jail for trespassing and spray painting? I think a month in jail, plus paying all the restitution, live in rehab, plus 3 years’ probation is fine. Both of these charges are misdemeanors. It is not like he was robbing banks. I think the original story said he was upset about a girl or something. I think the rehab may do more to help him than anything else. --edited.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: May 15, 2014 9:50 a.m.

He clearly needs some serious mental therapy if, at 19, he can't handle being upset by a girl. this is not normal or rational behaviour. If he 'strikes again" i hope they'll be heavier handed with him. If you're going to act like an idiot and cause damage to the property of other HARD WORKING residents, then you shouldn't get to live with said residents. Idiot.

Unreal: Posted: May 15, 2014 10:18 a.m.

Rehab will include therapy which is what he needs. His behavior was out of line and again I bet it was drugs.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 15, 2014 10:35 a.m.

This is such bull. Was he initially arrested for residential burglary and it was plea bargained to trespassing? What kind of TWENTY year old loser is running around spray painting cars? This isn't a 12 year old, he's TWENTY!

Too much time on his hands. At 20 I was going to school and working 2 jobs.

Unreal: Posted: May 15, 2014 11:20 a.m.

He was 19 a the time and I never saw he was charged with burglary and it was plea bargained down.

A month in jail, and the live in rehab will be good for him.

oldman: Posted: May 15, 2014 12:11 p.m.

More than $400 in damages and $280 in restitution, who does the math in our court system?

johnnyrock: Posted: May 15, 2014 12:14 p.m.

I have been working or making money since I was 13, what's his problem?

Unreal: Posted: May 16, 2014 9:12 a.m.

oldman: Because it was never $400.00 in damages. That just meant they could up the charge. The judge did not buy it and the actual damages were ordered paid.

johnnyrock: sounds like a combination of young, stupid, and drugs.

Rehab and just plain growing up will help. He does not seem to have a record for real criminal activity so I think if the rehab and the counseling he will get there takes he should be able to turn himself around. I hope so.
It sounds like he has a good family who cares for him which is more than a lot of kids have these days.

johnnyrock: Posted: May 16, 2014 11:33 a.m.

Unreal....I agree.

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