Man pleads guilty to burglary, cemetery vandalism

Staff Reports

LISBON – A man accused of causing more than $150,000 in damages to gravestones and monuments at Springhill Cemetery in Wellsville pleaded guilty last week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Jacob S. Lowther, 19, West Summit Lane, pleaded guilty to an unrelated burglary charge and to the vandalism charge, which court documents state happened on Dec. 27 after Lowther reportedly had been smoking marijuana. Damages to the cemetery have been estimated at $161,200. Two teens have also been charged in juvenile court with alleged involvement in the vandalism crime.

The burglary charge stemmed from Lowther trespassing into the apartment of Ann Curran on July 10, 2012, along with another teen, stealing money and digital videos.

Lowther faces up to 54 months in prison and a $15,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Aug. 9. Until sentencing, bail has been set at $50,000 cash or surety.