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Man accused of shooting windows pleads guilty

SEBRING - One of two adult suspects in a shooting spree of vandalism in March has plead guilty.
Michael William Brown, 46, plead guilty to 71 counts of shooting a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.
In return for the plea, the state agreed to not prosecute other counts of various offenses, including felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor criminal mischief, grand theft of a fire extinguisher and contributing to the delinquency/dependency of a minor.
The state agreed that Brown would serve eight years in prison, which will be followed by 10 years of probation.
It's also expected that Brown will be expected to make $55,000 in restitution to businesses whose windows were damaged during the spree.
Assistant State Attorney Steven Houchin said that while it may not be realistic that Brown could ever pay the full $55,000, the aim is to get as much restitution as possible.
Brown also will be required to pay various court costs.
Brown, 316 Baxter Ave., Sebring, was arrested along with Cody Scott Dayfert, 18, of Zolfo Springs, and Anthony Keen, 13, 5414 DeSoto Road, Sebring.
The arrests came after authorities received numerous reports of businesses being shot out throughout the county on March 24, including several at the Lakeshore Mall and downtown Sebring.
Those businesses included J.C. Penny, Belk, Dogtown USA, Children's Museum of the Highlands, Molly's Treats and Brenner Pottery.
A pretrial hearing is set for Dayfort on Sept. 18 at 1:15 p.m. in Highlands County Circuit Court.
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