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Man pleads guilty in Fargo arena vandalism case

One of the two men charged with causing three quarters of a million damage to Fargo’s new arena pled guilty to a felony charge Monday.
One down, one still to go to court.

One of two men charged with causing $750,000 damage to Urban Plains Center nn Fargo, ND last April made a deal with prosecutors Monday.

Jordan Taylor Lugert, 25, pled guilty in Cass County District Court to a Class B felony charge of criminal mischief. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed two Class C felony charges of unlawful entry into a vehicle. Lugert was not  immediately sentenced. He remains out on a $10,000 bond.

The other man charged in the case — David William Vacha– is scheduled to face trial Oct. 6 on three felony charges connected to the case.

Cranes were used to smash a concrete block, shatter windows and throw equipment off the roof, which punched a hole in the concrete below.  According to court documents, Lugert told police he and Vacha were intoxicated when the damage occurred.

Despite the damage, the 6,000 seat building is scheduled to open on time — on October 30 when the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League faces Sioux Falls. On November 2, the concert will host its first concert when Jewel performs