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Alleged golf course vandal indicted

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

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PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County man was indicted last week on charges related to the recent destruction of property at Stonecrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg.


According to court records, Sean McManus, 23, of David, was indicted last week on one count of first-degree criminal mischief and one count of tampering with physical evidence.


According to the indictment, McManus, “intentionally defaced, destroyed, or damaged property of Stonecrest Golf Course, causing a loss of more than $1,000.”


The indictment states that McManus also attempted to conceal evidence that he believed may have been produced as evidence in the proceedings against him.


During a field party of the Brotherhood of the Wheel, police believe McManus drove a four-wheel side-by-side vehicle onto one of the course greens, turning doughnuts and burnouts, and digging massive cuts into the turf. Morris Copley, manager of the course, said following the event, that the damage to the green was estimated at $20,000, and that the course also expected to lose $10,000 in revenue.


Law enforcement officials believe that McManus was not part of the group that was hosting the party, and that the perpetrator(s) got into the event without going through the main gate, and were later asked to leave.


Both charges against McManus are class D felonies.


To bring an indictment a grand jury will not find guilt, but only the probability that a crime was committed, that the accused person did it, and that he/she should be tried.


McManus is next scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 14.

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