Two Princeton boys have pleaded guilty and were placed on probation for their roles in a Mercer County crime spree conducted earlier this year. Entering the pleas in Division One of the Mercer County Circuit Court were Colton Nelson and Vince Jennings Juniorâ€”both are 18.
Those two and a third youth, 18 year old Thomas Mallinson of Princeton, were arrested this summer and faced 19 felony counts in Mercer County. The charges involved multiple counts of second degree burglary,felony stealing, and property damage in the first degree.
Nelson and Jennings, this month, received the same sentence as Mallinson did in August. Judge Jack Peace suspended the imposition of sentence and placed each on five years of probation. Among conditions of probation for each is to serve 20 days of shock jail time at the defendants expense.
In an unrelated case from the Mercer County Circuit Court, 23 year old Tyler Hinshaw of Mercer has pleaded guilty to four felony counts: second degree burglary and felony theft of a credit card on January 15th as well as escape from
confinement at the Mercer County Jail and the tampering of a motor vehicle--both April 7th. Sentencing in Division One of the Circuit Court at Princeton is scheduled November 13th. Four other charges against Hinshaw were dismissed by the prosecuting attorney.
Cases involving 65 year old Gene Pattie of Marshall, who faces seven felony counts from incidents May 10th at Mercer, have been continued until November 13th.