Gudgeonville Bridge arsonist Jeffrey Gleason gets 10 years
Jeffrey Gleason, 24, from Crawford County, was sentenced today in Erie County Court to five to 10 years in state prison for torching the historic Gudgeonville Bridge in western Erie County and for shooting at an occupied car, both in November. Joshua M. Bell, 22, of Albion, was named as a co-defendant.
The pair were accused of starting the Nov. 8 arson of the Girard Township bridge and the subsequent shooting that occurred two weeks later along Route 20 in Springfield Township.
The blaze completely destroyed the 140-year-old covered bridge.
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#1 Aug 26, 2009
That's awesome!! Two thumbs up for Judge DeSantis!
#2 Aug 26, 2009
It wasn't long enough and like sure he is really going to pay back 100+ K in restitution LOL
#3 Aug 26, 2009
I agree that the torching of the Gudgeonville Bridge was a sad day -- but people get less time for murder than he's getting for burning down a bridge. Look at Teri Rhodes ... who STILL isn't in jail and evidently is going to get off scot-free for killing her newborn daughter ....
#5 Aug 27, 2009
There's another article in the ETN today. http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article... The article has a thumbnail size picture of the arsonist so I clicked on the "zoom" link to get a better view. I had to laugh when the link took me to another box to view the same tiny thumbnail photo. This happens quite frequently with the the ETN zoom button. Who's zooming who?
#6 Aug 27, 2009
I didn't read this post but know you're in the know. Where's Chandu been? I enjoyed her participation. Any clue? Just curious. I liked her.
#7 Sep 8, 2009
How much money does it cost to replace a 140 year old bridge? It can't be done. It was a historical bridge. This punk is getting off easy.
#8 Sep 8, 2009
Yeah, it was an historic bridge, and it's very sad that it was burned. HATE IT when something that has stood forever gets destroyed for no reason at all.
Happened when I lived in Austin -- some lunatic, for no reason under the sun, poured Valspar, a hardwood herbicide, on the massive 500-year-old oak tree known as Treaty Oak, one of 14 live-oaks known as The Council Oaks where Indian tribes met "on sacred ground" and where Stephen F. Austin, whom Austin is named for, reportedly signed a boundary treaty with the Indians.
The raving madman who poisoned the oak said he did it as some sort of "magic spell." The University of Texas TRIED to save the tree, but scientists said he'd poured enough of that very potent poison on Treaty Oak to kill at least 100 trees ... but through intensive efforts and an outpouring of help and funds (Ross Perot sent a blank check to pay for treatment that might save the tree) Treaty Oak DID survive, although almost half the tree had to be cut away -- ruining the magnificent shape it once had.
And even though that was a very devastating act of vandalism -- as was the burning of the Gudgeonville Bridge -- I don't think you can put the same value on an inanimate object as you give to a living thing, whether it's a person or an animal or a tree.
It was a BRIDGE. It can be rebuilt to an exact likeness of its former self. It's not like killing a human being -- or a 500-year-old tree.
#9 Sep 9, 2009
Valspar is a brand name of paint and wood finish products. They do not make herbicide. The two most common herbicides for hardwoods are Arsenal and Garlon 3A.
#10 Sep 9, 2009
I had the name slightly wrong. The poison was VELPAR, not Valspar.
Poisoning and recovery
In 1989, in an act of deliberate vandalism, the tree was poisoned with the powerful hardwood-herbicide, Velpar. Lab tests showed the quantity of herbicide used would have been sufficient to kill 100 trees. The incident sparked community outrage, national news reports, and a torrent of home-made "Get Well" cards from children that were displayed on the fence around the park. Texas industrialist and former Reform Party candidate for U.S. President, Ross Perot wrote a 'blank check' to fund efforts to save the tree. DuPont, the herbicide manufacturer, established a $10,000 reward to capture the poisoner. The vandal, Paul Cullen, was apprehended after reportedly bragging about poisoning the tree as a means of casting a spell. Cullen was convicted of felony criminal mischief and sentenced to serve nine years in prison.
The intensive efforts to save the Treaty Oak included the replacement of soil around its roots and the installation of a system to mist the tree with spring water. Although arborists expected the tree to die, the Treaty Oak survived. However, almost two-thirds of the tree died and more than half of its crown had to be pruned.
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