Second guilty plea in Ronald statue case

June 2, 2010 at 5:56 PM

PIERRE, S.D., June 2 (UPI) -- A South Dakota man pleaded guilty to intentional damage of property for stealing a Ronald McDonald statue and destroying it with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Tyler Fischbach, 19, pleaded guilty to the Class 4 felony Tuesday in exchange for Hughes County State's Attorney Kelly Marnette agreeing to drop a felony grand theft charge, the Capital Journal, Pierre, S.D., reported Wednesday.

Marnette also agreed not to object to Fischbach's request for a suspended sentence.

Fischbach faces up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 2.

Fischbach and Austin Uecker, 22, who entered a guilty plea in a similar deal May 18, admitted to taking the statue from a McDonald's restaurant to an off-road vehicle area in Fort Pierre, where it was destroyed with blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun. Uecker claims he did not shoot the gun, but Fischbach said both men took shots at the statue.

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