Teen pleads guilty for crime spree
October 29, 2013
The story so far...
June 20 - A warrant is issued for Zach Wailes' arrest when he fails to appear in court for a theft charge from earlier that month.
July 1 - A warrant is issued for Josey Wilson's arrest when he fails to appear in court for a 2012 criminal mischief conviction in which he owes more than $11,000 restitution.
July 3 or 4 - Wailes allegedly steals a truck from his former employer near Breda. He allegedly steals a camper from a rural Carroll acreage.
July 7 - Wailes and Wilson allegedly steal a purse from an unlocked car in Scranton and a microwave, toilet paper, towels and a cooler of meat from a hog confinement south of Scranton.
July 8 - A resident reports a camper parked without permission in a secluded timber northwest of Lake City. The Calhoun County sheriff goes to the site and finds the stolen camper but no truck. Later, Wailes allegedly leads three sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase in the stolen truck northeast of Carroll where he escapes on gravel roads near the North Raccoon River. He and Wilson return to the campsite, where less than an hour later the Calhoun sheriff returns with two deputies. Wailes and Wilson escape on foot.
July 9 - The teens allegedly steal an all-terrain vehicle and, later, a car near Rockwell City to escape arrest. They drive to an acquaintance's Grand Junction house, where they plan to hide for an indefinite period of time. Wailes and Wilson drive the stolen car to nearby Spring Lake State Park for a swim, the acquaintance reports to law officers, who go to the park and find the car but not the teens. The acquaintance calls officers again to say the teens returned to his house, and deputies surround the place and arrest Wailes and Wilson about 9:45 p.m. in an upstairs bathroom.
Oct. 18 - Wilson pleads guilty to a felony count of third-degree burglary and has an aggravated misdemeanor count of third-degree burglary and a count of theft of an automobile dropped for Greene County.
Oct. 21 - Wilson pleads guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary and has a theft count dropped for Carroll County.
Oct. 28 - Wailes pleads guilty to second-degree theft, third-degree burglary and eluding a law-enforcement officer in exchange for having a third-degree burglary charge dropped in Carroll County.
Dec. 4 - Sentencing planned for Wilson and Wailes.
Zachary Wailes stood in a Carroll courtroom Monday, clad in peach-and-white stripes and with his tattooed hands clasped behind his back, as he pleaded guilty in a clear voice to a string of crimes - ranging from lifting candy and soft drinks to stealing a pickup truck and eluding police.
District Judge Gary McMinimee accepted the 19-year-old Breda man's guilty plea for three felonies - second-degree theft, third-degree burglary and eluding a law-enforcement officer - in exchange for having a third-degree burglary charge dropped in Carroll County after he and Josey M. Wilson, 19, of Carroll, were accused of embarking on a crime spree that resulted in criminal charges in Carroll, Calhoun and Greene counties. The two are accused of stealing a pickup truck, camper, generator, all-terrain vehicle, car and several other items in early July. They allegedly eluded law-enforcement officers several times, once in a high-speed chase, before being apprehended.
The first charge involved the theft of a 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500 pickup truck on July 3 or 4.
McMinimee walked Wailes through the specifics of each alleged crime, clarifying various points.
Regarding the second charge, third-degree burglary, also taking place on or around July 3 or 4, Rasmussen turned to Wailes and said, "Specifically, the items would be the candy bars and pop?"
"Yup," Wailes responded.
The final charge involved willfully failing to bring a motor vehicle to a stop, even after an audible or visual signal from a law-enforcement officer, while transporting stolen property, on or around July 8. In doing so, McMinimee said, Wailes allegedly exceeded speeds that were more than 25 mph over the 55-mph speed limit.
After outlining the details of each charge, McMinimee accepted Wailes' guilty pleas.
Before the alleged thefts in July, there were outstanding-arrest warrants for Wailes and Wilson, who had failed to appear in court for drug and trespassing charges, respectively.
Wailes, who has been held in Carroll, pleaded to both his Greene County and Carroll County charges in Carroll. Similarly, Wilson, who has been held in Greene County, pleaded to similar charges for both counties in Jefferson. The two counties worked out that agreement to avoid having to transport the teenagers back and forth for hearings.
Although attorneys in Carroll and Greene counties did not collaborate specifically on plea negotiations, Greene County Attorney Nicola Martino said, they hope to work together to plan concurrent prison sentences for the two teens, which means their prison terms would be dictated solely by the most-severe charge to which they pleaded guilty. That would amount to a prison term of up to five years for each teen.
Both teens are set to be sentenced on Dec. 4.
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