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Guilty plea in tire-slashings

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One of two boys accused in connection with the mass tire-slashing incidents in Brockville's north end late last year has pleaded guilty.

The youth, who cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brockville court to a condensed charge of mischief over $5,000 in relation to the December 2012 incidents.

The 12-year-old boy had been charged with more than 30 counts of mischief under $5,000, but his lawyer and the Crown agreed to condense the charges.

“This changes the nature of the conviction a bit,” said Justice J. Peter Coulson.

The Crown asked for a pre-sentence report before the youth appears in court again on April 23.

A second boy accused in connection with the tire-slashing spree also appeared in youth court on Tuesday, but did not enter a plea. The youth’s defence lawyer asked for a psychological assessment, which will be presented to the court on March 12.

The 12-year-old, charged with more than 20 counts of mischief under $5,000, has been in custody for much of the time since the December 16 incident, and continues to remain in custody.

Both boys are accused in the tire slashing incidences, which affected almost 100 vehicles in the city's north end.

Hundreds of tires were slashed in the incident, with police saying at the time damage was estimated at up to $40,000.

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