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PA man pleads guilty in bulldozer rampage

May 23rd, 2014 - 11:54am

(Port Angeles) A Port Angeles man has pled guilty to charges he hopped on a bulldozer and ransacked his neighbors' houses last May.

Friday morning, Barry Swegle plead guilty to seven counts of first degree malicious mischief and three counts of gross misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

He faces 22 to 29 months in prison at sentencing.

The plea come one day after a change of venue was ordered for Swegle's trial set for next month.

Prosecutors say Swegle used a large bulldozer to level or damage four homes, smash a pickup truck and knock down power lines in an apparent dispute with his neighbor in Gales Addition.

Clallam chief criminal deputy prosecutor John Troberg says the victims expressed desire to bring stronger felony assault and attempted murder charges, but concluded they couldn't support those charges at trial with the admissible evidence.


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