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Window breakers have June court date

SEBRING Two men charged in the March window-shooting spree were set for pre-trial conferences: Cody Scott Dayfert on June 19, Michael William Brown on June 20. On the night of Sunday, March 24, police took more than 75 reports in Sebring, Lake Placid and Avon Park. After videos were examined, Brown, 46, 316 Baxter Ave. and Anthony Keen, 13, 5414 DeSoto Road, both in Sebring, were arrested, along with Dayfert, 18, who is from Zolfo Springs. Both Brown and Dayfert were arrested on 55 charges of firing a deadly missile at a building, 55 counts of criminal mischief, eight counts of grand theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The three are alleged to fired BB or pellet guns at dozens of downtown and Lakeshore Mall businesses, including J.C. Penney, Belk, Dogtown USA, Children’s Museum, Molly’s Treats, Riles Pump, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and Brenner Pottery. Fire extinguishers were reported stolen from Sunshine Mini Storage in Sebring.
Circuit Court Judge Bob Grode set bonds of $5,000 each on the deadly missile counts, and from $250 to $1,000 each on the criminal mischief counts. The bond on contributing to the delinquency of a minor is $500. The total is more than $300,000 for each adult. Brown’s first appearance before Judge Grode was on March 29; Dayfert on April 2. Assistant Public Defender Justin Gaines was appointed to represent Dayfert, who is being prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Courtney Lenhart. Robert Gray is defending Brown. Both remain in Highlands County Jail. No more information will be available about Keen, as he is now in custody of the juvenile justice system.


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