Only Teen Charged As Adult In Cemetery Desecration Pleads Guilty
Published: May 7th, 2009
By: Tyler Murphy

Only teen charged as adult in cemetery desecration pleads guilty

NORWICH – The last of three Oxford teens, and the only one to be charged as an adult in the desecration of a cemetery last fall, appeared in Chenango County Supreme Court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to felony burglary.

Devan Ellsworth, 18, of Greene Street, Oxford, pleaded guilty to third degree burglary before Supreme Court Justice Kevin M. Dowd and was sentenced to six months in local jail, five years probation and ordered to pay $1,632.56 in restitution.

Ellsworth was the oldest of three teenagers convicted of desecrating St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Oxford and breaking into the Oxford Memorial Library to steal a donation wishing well full of change, at around 1 a.m. Oct. 16, 2008.

Ellsworth has been incarcerated for more than five months since his arrest and will be given credit for time already served. He was also ordered to apply for criminal treatment court.

Both the judge and District Attorney Joseph A. McBride criticized Ellsworth in court for his attitude and poor juvenile record.

“You are, without a doubt, on a very fast track heading to state prison,” Dowd told Ellsworth.

“This is his last chance. If he doesn’t take this opportunity, we’ll have no choice but to remove him from our community,” said McBride.

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