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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Two Men Plead Guilty in LDS Chapel Burglaries

HILLSBORO, OREGON -- Two 19-year-old men plead guilty Friday to burglarizing 17 churches in Beaverton and Tigurd, Oregon last July. The Burglaries included six LDS Chapels burglarized July 8-10 as reported on Mormon News [See Beaverton, Oregon LDS Chapels Vandalized .

Gregory Patrick Schley and Richard Glen Blount III confessed to their role in the burglaries, in which the churches were ransacked, computer equipment stolen and, in one case, a church van was taken on a joy ride. An accomplice, Timothy Lee DeGeorge, 21, refused to accept the plea bargin offered and will go to trial October 17th, facing a total of 47 counts in connection with the burglaries.

Schley and Blount plead guilty to 41 and 29 counts respectively, and face sentencing in November. They are being held without bail until then. According to prosecutor Mitch Lampson, both Schley and Blount have accepted responsibility for their actions and have cooperated with investigators, leading Lampson to ask Judge Mark Gardner to consider that in sentencing.


Tigard men plead guilty in church burglaries
Portland OR Oregonian 7Oct00 D1
By Ryan Frank: The Oregonian staff
Two 19-year-olds await sentencing in connection with 17 break-ins; a third man goes on trial this month


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