The Saronville man accused of vandalizing dozens of headstones in the Farmers Valley Cemetery pled not guilty in court today.
Robert Kelly, Jr., 18, faces one charge of felony criminal mischief.
Back in August a neighbor discovered that more than 40 headstones had been cracked, broken, and knocked over at the more than century old cemetery near Henderson. Members of the cemetery association say it could cost as much as $40,000 to restore the damage.
Kelly turned himself in to the Hamilton County Sheriff after a warrant was issued for his arrest. That's why members of the Farmers Valley Cemetery Association say they were surprised when Kelly entered his plea.
But they plan to wear the support pins they've created and attend the trial, where they say they want the judge to realize the scope of the damage when evidence is presented.
"But now we have to go through this court hearing with him and hear about it all over again too, so it's a mixed feeling, but I'll be glad when it's over," says cemetery association member Karen Carlson.
The association says the community has been generous with support and donations, and say they feel sad about the whole situation.
"It was his choice and I'm sorry for his family, and I'm sorry for him, but he made a very, very bad choice," says Carlson.
"And there are consequences for every choice," adds association member Carmen Carpenter.
Kelly's trial is set for December in Hamilton County District Court.