Defendant pleads no contest to one count, 2 others dropped

The man arrested by Kern County Sheriff's deputies on the roof of a vacant building in Maricopa pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism in Taft Branch of Kern County Superior Court Thursday and was sentenced to 270 days in jail.

Charges of attempted grand theft and possession of burglary tools were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Wade Williams, 27, was arrested by deputies on Aug. 9 when they caught him on the roof of a building near the intersection of Highway 33 and Stanislaus, Sgt. Martin Downs.

The suspect cut the power lines to the building and climbed to the roof with a backpack full of tools, Downs said.

He was taken into custody on the roof and placed in handcuffs, but getting the suspect down and into a patrol car for transport to jail was a problem

Deputies called for a Kern County Fire Department ladder truck when then lowered to the ground the ground.

In addition to the jail time, Williams was placed on 3 years probation and fined $140.
He could face more costs, though.

A restitution hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 22.