Church vandal gets 6-year prison sentence

| March 29, 2012

A man with an extensive criminal record was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for the vandalism of a church and burglaries of a business and a residence in La Grande in January.

Victor E. Marlitt, 24, pled guilty to one count of burglary in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the second degree and one count of criminal mischief in the first degree.

All those crimes fall under Ballot Measure 57, the state law passed in 2008 that prohibits courts from imposing less than a presumptive sentence for people convicted of certain drug and property crimes.

Union County District Attorney Tim Thompson said in a news release that the charges and convictions stem from a Jan. 17 investigation of a burglary at the Bobolink, a birding supply store on Fifth Street, and a break-in at the First Presbyterian Church on Fourth Street.

La Grande Police said the burglars took about $1,000 from the Bobolink and caused damage to a cash register they were unable to open.

Police also said they vandalized the church with spray paint, damaged office equipment and stole $25 in cash.

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