Willmar man pleads to charge in spate of downtown graffiti
WILLMAR -- Phillip John Konsor, 18, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of third-degree property damage for his role in a spate of graffiti last October in downtown Willmar.
As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from a first-degree felony charge and another felony will be dismissed. Konsor agreed to pay $5,957.53 in restitution, jointly with his two co-defendants. He will be sentenced May 1.
Konsor is one of three young men charged in the case. Terrance Jonathan Savoy, 19, of Willmar, also faces two first-degree felony charges of property damage. He has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for April 24 and a jury trial set for May 6 and 7.
Scott Riley Olson, 18, of Willmar, was sentenced Jan. 14 for his role in the Oct. 29 graffiti incidents, plus another spree of damage on homes and businesses along the city's northeast side. He was ordered committed to the Prairie Lakes Detention Center secure transition program, probation until his 21st birthday and 40 hours of community service.
Under extended juvenile jurisdiction, Olson received both a juvenile sentence and a stayed adult sentence, of one year and one day in prison, which could be enacted if he fails to comply with the juvenile sentence.
The charges were filed after two Willmar police officers were on patrol around 11 p.m. Oct. 28. They observed new graffiti with markings of the ISI gang.
The officers later returned to the First Street bridge and found fresh graffiti with ISI markings along and underneath the bridge and on the bridge pillars.
The officers continued on patrol and observed graffiti on businesses in the downtown area, on an apartment building, on the city office building, a storage building and on a building along the 500 block of Benson Avenue Southeast. In each case there was ISI graffiti painted over graffiti painted previously by the In Town Taggers gang.
An officer later met with a downtown business representative to review surveillance footage of the bridge. The footage showed two males exiting a vehicle and painting on the bridge.
Officers identified one of the men as Savoy. The second man was identified as Olson. Konsor allegedly admitted he, Savoy and Olson were driving around spray-painting graffiti in downtown. Savoy claimed he didn't know what the officer was talking about when questioned.