took a break from my other research and did a quick google. Pled guilty, sentenced to 30 days, in mid-Feb so it was before the 'rona reshaped things.
The man also told police he would buy $40 buckets of nails at a Home Depot outside of Oregon City to cover his tracks, according to the prosecutor. Often, Wilson would go through three buckets of nails in a few months.
I missed that he bought the nails with his own money. Gotta admit I laughed when I saw that – wouldn’ve been cheaper and more fun to drink beer and simply bust the bottle on the path like a garden variety nitwit.
The guy had issues – not sure jail was the right thing for him.
The Nail Bandit case does seem like restorative justice might fit in well, but it seems problematic to require riding a bicycle as any sort of punitive measure. I get the gut reaction to make him “walk a mile in our shoes,” but I think that lesson needs to come from the offender’s own volition, after they begin to understand why what they did was unacceptable.