Man starts scooping out pens at county fair as part of judge’s creative sentence

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- A Painesville man was carrying out his sentence after being found guilty of criminal mischief.

Bayley Toth was found guilty of criminal mischief after a night with friends in a local park. Toth jumped on top of a van and placed a traffic cone on it. He then tipped over a porta-potty, knocked a WiFi bridge down and threw 2 lifesaving rings into the lake, one of which was never found.

Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti, known for his very creative sentences, compared Toth's actions to those of an animal.

"You act like an animal, you're going to take care of animals. You can go (to the Lake County Fair) with the horses and goats and cows and pigs and sheep and after the fair you can shovel out their crap after the 4H leaves the pens."

He also told Toth that he would have to spend the evening of July 24 in jail, being released to help follow horses in the fair's parade and pooper-scoop for them. The rest of his scooping sentence was to be carried out the three days following the close of the fair.

He suspended the rest of Toth's 120 day jail sentence on the further conditions that Toth enrolls in college for at least 6 hours in the fall, performs 5 more days of service, does not enter the park for the duration of his probation (1 year), abides by an 11 p.m. curfew and pays restitution to the park for $284.83.

In one additional act of creativity, Cicconetti also appointed Toth's mom as his probation officer.

Read more about the judge and his sentencing, here. 

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