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18-Year-Olds Sentenced In Totem Pole Vandalism

Sat., Dec. 20, 1997

The three adults among the Issaquah High School football players who burned a stolen Indian story pole at a pep rally were sentenced Friday to community service and ordered to make restitution.

The three 18-year-olds - Michael Livingston, Zachariah Johns and Andrew Shute - also are to join the four juveniles charged in the case, all 17, in making $22,000 restitution.

The seven teens took the 10-foot Snoqualmie Tribe pole from a King County park on Sept. 23, chopping it up and burning it at an off-campus pep rally for a game against the Sammamish Totems.

Livingston, Johns and Shute entered guilty pleas Friday to misdemeanor charges of third-degree theft and third-degree malicious mischief.

Under their plea agreement with prosecutors, they will be subject to supervised probation for the 12 months of their deferred sentences. If they complete the community service and restitution, their criminal records would be erased.

Livingston and Johns were ordered to perform 150 hours of community service each. Shute, who was not present when the story pole was removed, is to perform 75 hours of service.

Pleas and sentencing for the four juveniles, original set for Thursday, have been rescheduled for Jan. 13.



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