JAMES BRITTAIN

A circuit judge last week found a Texas County resident guilty of first-degree property damage and armed criminal action.

James Brittain, 43, of 15302 Bucyrus Drive in Bucyrus, was found guilty for actions occurring Nov. 1, 2015, when he allegedly used a metal pipe to cause damage in excess of $750 to a 2003 Chevolet Pickup, following a decision by Circuit Judge William Hickle. The pipe was later deemed to be a dangerous instrument.

Brittain was apprehended by Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputies after charges were filed and subsequently posted $150,000 bond and was released.

After an investigation, county authorities submitted a probable cause statement and physical evidence to Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens Jr., and based on that he filed a criminal complaint and requested a warrant for his arrest be issued.

“This a man with a co-defendant knowingly caused thousands of dollars of damage to a vehicle for no apparent reason,” said Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens Jr., who tried the case. “Because of his actions, the defendant now faces a minimum of three years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.”

Hickle ordered a sentencing assessment report be prepared and set sentencing for 9 a.m., Nov. 8. Brittain’s bond was revoked and he is in the Texas County Jail to await sentencing.

Brittain owned and operated a vehicle repair business in Houston.

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