Man to serve jail time for golf course break-ins


One of two men who pleaded guilty to breaking into golf courses in three counties will serve time in jail as part of a community control sentence.

Skyler L. Reisinger, 19, was placed on community control for five years Wednesday and will serve the first 60 days of the sentence in the Tri-County Regional Jail.

Reisinger and co-defendant Joshua R. Blakely, 18, pleaded guilty last month to four counts of breaking and entering and one count of grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance charge, stemming from multiple break-ins at Champaign County golf courses between Aug. 15, 2016, and Sept. 7, 2016. A sentencing hearing for Blakely is scheduled for Jan. 23.

In addition to Champaign County, both co-defendants were indicted for similar conduct at golf courses in Logan and Clark counties.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Nick Selvaggio discussed the severity of Reisinger’s conduct, noting at least one set of victims wanted to see him go to prison.

“When you start disconnecting security systems and you start going into multiple other counties to do the same thing and you do it with a group of individuals and it’s expanded over a three-week period, it starts going from a young and dumb situation to criminal conduct,” Selvaggio said. “The fact that you guys stole a firearm – even though it was for the innocent purpose of shooting squirrels – that puts it in a whole different league.”

After handing down the sentence, Selvaggio told Reisinger he was going to jail due to the number of break-ins, the number of individuals involved in the crimes, the fact that security cameras were disconnected and because the theft of a firearm was involved.

As part of community control, Reisinger is ordered to perform 500 hours of community service with 100 hours to be completed per year and to be completed in total by Dec. 25, 2022.

Reisinger was also ordered to write apology letters to Lakeland Golf Course, Indian Springs Golf Club and the Urbana Country Club. He was prohibited from having contact with these golf courses and prohibited from playing on any public or private golf course while on community control.

Starting March 11, Reisinger will observe a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. which will last until March 11, 2018. He was also ordered to not have contact with specific individuals as ordered by the court.

In addition to a $250 fine, Reisinger was ordered to pay $7,778.99 in restitution.

If community control is revoked, Reisinger faces a 21-month prison sentence.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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