Scott A. Watson, of Wasola, one of three teens charged with property damage in connection with the August 2012 vandalism of more than 35 Ozark County mailboxes, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty as part of a plea agreement Wednesday, April 3, during Ozark County’s Law Day. Watson was sentenced to two years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The sentence was then suspended, and he was placed on unsupervised probation and ordered to pay restitution to the victims of the vandalism.
Morgan Mendoza, of Wasola, and Lukas Lok, of Gainesville, were also originally charged in the vandalism. During Watson’s sentencing hearing, Prosecuting Attorney Tom Cline said that one co-defendant in the case was set for further proceedings later this month, and the other co-defendant had all formal charges dropped.
Lok is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, before Associate Judge John Jacobs. Mendoza’s file has been closed.