Teen pleads guilty to trespass of cemetery

LACONIA — A young local man pleaded guilty yesterday to one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass for entering the Union Cemetery on July 12, 2012 when he knew he wasn't supposed to be there.

Jagger Richer, 18, of 61 Asheulot Drive in Tilton was sentenced to serve one year in the Belknap County House of Corrections with all but 45 days suspended. He was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service at the cemetery and reimburse it $255. Court records show Jagger will serve 12 days.

One charge of felony interference with a cemetery was not prosecuted as part of the negotiated plea arrangement. Richer was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury in December of 2012 when he was alleged to have entered the Union Cemetery and knocked over one gravestone marker at plot 176.

On the morning of July 13, a cemetery employee noticed about 20 stones in one of the oldest sections of the cemetery had been knocked over and some of them had broken.

City police had said at the time of Richer's arrest that they didn't believe he acted alone. It is not known if any additional arrests were made.

At the time of his indictment, Richer was living in Laconia.