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updated: 7/26/2011 5:20 PM

Third teen sentenced in Palatine vandalism case

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The third of three teens charged with vandalizing Palatine mailboxes last February pleaded guilty to damaging property and was sentenced to 24 months probation Monday in Rolling Meadows.

Cook County Judge Hyman Riebman also sentenced 18-year-old Alyssa Kessel to perform 20 hours of participation in the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program, which puts low-level offenders to work cleaning streets and vacant lots, removing graffiti and cleaning up after major events or natural disasters.

Kessel and co-defendants Robert Wagner and Joshua Rupe were driving in a car that did not belong to them last February when they opened the doors as they passed mailboxes in the 700 block of Revere Lane in Palatine, prosecutors said. The damage to the auto and the mailboxes totaled more than $8,600 prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say the daughter of the car's owner gave the keys to the trio. Kessel, who has no other criminal background, was also ordered to pay more than $4,000 in restitution. Wagner, 18, pleaded guilty and also was sentenced 24 months probation, community service and restitution. In exchange for his guilty plea, Rupe, 18, also was sentenced to 24 months probation but was ordered to serve the first 12 months on intensive probation.

He was also sentenced to seven days in jail and ordered to pay restitution.