Pair Sentenced for Murrieta BB Gun Spree

Nicholas Fowler and Joshua Rochford were sentenced to six months in jail plus restitution for the April 19 BB gun vandalism spree through Murrieta and neighboring cities.

Two 21-year-old men who went on a vandalism spree throughout Murrieta and neighboring cities, firing BBs through the windows of dozens of parked cars, pleaded guilty today to felony vandalism and were immediately sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay $47,000 in victim restitution.

Nicholas Anthony Fowler of San Diego and Joshua Patrick Rochford of Murrieta were charged in April with 87 felony and misdemeanor counts of vandalism for a nightlong pellet gun rampage that damaged vehicles throughout southwest Riverside County.

During a status conference today before Superior Court Judge Elaine Johnson, the two defendants agreed to plead guilty to a single count of felony vandalism and pay restitution in exchange for the District Attorney's Office dropping the other charges.

Johnson sentenced the men to 180 days in jail and 36 months probation. Johnson ordered that the restitution be paid in full prior to the expiration of the defendants' probation, else they could face additional penalties.

According to Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller, in the predawn hours of April 19, Riverside County sheriff's officials alerted the police department to reports of suspects in a black Infiniti G-35 sports sedan with a loud tailpipe shooting out car windows in the area of Briggs and Scott roads.

Shortly afterward, a Murrieta patrolman spotted a car matching the description near Los Alamos Hills Sports Park, off Whitewood Road and less than a mile from Interstate 215. The officer stopped the driver on the spot.

Weller alleged the BB gun and other incriminating evidence were located in the vehicle, at which point both Fowler and Rochford were arrested without incident.

According to Weller, the duo blew out the windows on 40 parked cars in Murrieta alone, resulting in a minimum $4,500 damage.

"They were at it for a while, having a good time," Weller told City News Service in April.

Vehicles in Menifee, Temecula and Winchester were also damaged during the spree, Weller said.

Blondie7681 October 02, 2012 at 06:00 AM
LOL! Agreed, they look creepy.
Eddie October 02, 2012 at 04:42 PM
SA October 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
These Douches cost me $200.00. When I spoke with the reporting officer he told me that when these perps were asked why they did such a thing their response was “we were bored”. I was also informed (understanding hearsay) that they are enlisted military which I find sweet justice as I spent 8-years in the military and know they will be court marshaled.
zoe moire October 03, 2012 at 01:26 AM
"L" on forehead.
censored messenger October 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
3 years to pay off $47K.--- Start collecting those cans and twirling signs on the corner for us, punks.


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