Men plead guilty to charges stemming from graffiti incident

LEWISTOWN – Two Lewistown men charged in connection with spraying racist graffiti at the Five Points Fountain Square Park pleaded guilty to felony counts of criminal mischief.

Adam Joseph Troup, 24, and John Richard Lohman II, 28, both pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the above charge. Ethnic intimidation charges were withdrawn against the two men.

Both men were sentenced to serve 2 1/2 to 18 months in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility. They also have ongoing restitution costs to pay to the victims who had their cars spray painted and a lengthy community service requirement to fulfill.

A swastika and various racial slurs were spray-painted at Fountain Square Park at the Five Points intersection of Lewistown and more than 15 vehicles were vandalized in the area of Valley, Chestnut and Forsythe streets as well as Shaw Avenue, police said.

Police said Troup and Lohman were stopped by an officer near Logan Street in the early morning hours of May 21, and were found in possession of spray paint cans.

Police said the investigation of the damage to the vehicles led to the discovery that racially offensive words were spray-painted on several buildings, including a building adjacent to the park.