Jury convicts man of vandalism at Seneca Falls dealership

After a four-day trial in the Seneca County Court, a jury found Andrew J. Graves, of 2 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, guilty of both criminal mischief in the second degree (a class D felony) and conspiracy in the fifth degree (a class A misdemeanor).Graves, 23 years old, and three other individuals were charged by the Seneca Falls Police Department with intentionally damaging approximately 57 motor vehicles at Bill Cram Chevrolet during the late evening of March 23, 2013 by “keying” or scratching the paint on various body panels of the vehicles. N.Y. State Police investigators assisted in the investigation.Co-defendant Charles W. Covert was convicted of the same charges one month ago. Co-defendant Jonathan L. Taylor’s trial is scheduled for later this year.First A.D.A. Mark Sinkiewicz was the prosecutor. Graves was represented by Syracuse attorney Robert Baska. Judge Dennis F. Bender presided over the trial. The felony conviction carries a maximum possible sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison.

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