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Accused Sinks Canyon vandals waive hearings

Jul 24, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Denhardt transferred their cases to District Court on July 16.

Three defendants in a string of capers in Sinks Canyon cabins have waived their preliminary hearings.

Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Denhardt transferred their cases to District Court on July 16.

The defendants, Shaun Weston Zgurich, 19; Michael William Vinich, 20; and James Robert Webb, 20; all face the same charges: two counts of conspiracy to commit property destruction and defacement, criminal entry and burglary.

Arraignment hearings, the next step in the court proceedings during which the defendants would enter a plea, have not been set.

Maximum penalties for the charges are 30.5 years in prison and $30,750 in fines.

The case of a fourth defendant, Maxine Lawson, 19, of Riverton is still in Circuit Court. She faces the same charges.

Officials said the four defendants and two Lander sisters born in 1996 and 1998, broke into to the Sinks Canyon cabins in early May.

If the Lander girls were charged as minors, information about their cases would be unavailable to the public.

The homes belong to Donald Garvin and T.M. McKee, according to reports.

Charges state Garvin's property was damaged May 1, while McKee's was damaged May 5.

"It appeared as if a group of people broke into the homes and stayed for several hours partying and basically ransacking and destroying everything they could get their hands on," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a press release.

"We found shattered windows, holes in the walls, discharged fire extinguishers, broken dishes -- the interior of the homes and their contents were extensively destroyed."

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