LIMA — A game of Truth of Dare has left a Cleveland teenager with a criminal record.
Javaughn Kelly Jr., 19, was sentenced in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to two years on probation after stealing a video gaming system from a fellow student at the University of Northwestern Ohio. His actions were based on a dare.
According to a statement from Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Corey Hanjora, deputies were called to Apt. 25 at 2800 Racers Way on May 25 about a burglary complaint. A resident there said his Xbox One game system had been stolen overnight by an unknown person who had entered his unlocked apartment.
A review of the surveillance camera footage at the apartment complex showed a black male enter Apt. 25 at 4:40 a.m. May 24. Minutes later the same man exited with what appeared to be a gaming system.
The suspect was later identified as Kelly, who told investigators he “did something stupid.” According to the report, Kelly said he was texting friends he made while playing Xbox Live, and they decided to play Truth or Dare.
Kelly told police he was dared to go into someone’s apartment and steal an item. After trying several apartments in search of an unlocked door, he was able to enter Apt. 25. Kelly reportedly admitted stealing the Xbox. He was indicted in June by a grand jury on a second-degree felony charge of burglary but pleaded guilty in August to an amended count of third-degree felony burglary.
Kelly’s attorney, Jerry Pitts, told Judge Terri Kohlrieser during Wednesday’s hearing that his client had consumed alcohol — vodka — for the first time the night of the theft.
“He knows it was a stupid thing to do, and now he has a (criminal) record because of it,” Pitts said. “He has no juvenile record and no prior record as an adult. He’s never been in trouble before. He’s already spent 131 days in jail, and that’s quite a lesson for being stupid,” Pitts told the judge.
Kelly was contrite and apologetic.
“I didn’t come down here (to Lima) to start any trouble,” the teenager said. “I came here to better my education as my late mom wanted. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”
But Kohlrieser told Kelly his “stupidity had effects beyond you … to the victim and your family. And all because you got dared?”
The judge ordered Kelly to perform 60 hours of community service in addition to a two-year stint on probation.
“I really do believe that you just made an incredibly stupid choice without the intent to harm anyone,” Kohlrieser said.