COLUMBUS – 49-year-old Columbus resident Donald Ziemba Jr. has been sentenced to 645 days in the Platte County Jail after being found guilty on multiple criminal mischief-related charges.
Ziemba was sentenced before Judge Frank Skorupa in the Platte County Court on Monday. Ziemba was found guilty on 28 of 39 different counts following incidents which occurred in February of this year.
According to an arrest affidavit from the Columbus Police Department, a large number of criminal mischief reports were received around February of windows being broken on multiple stationary and moving vehicles. All of the windows appeared to have been broken by small projectiles such as a BB or a pellet gun.
Officers determined Donald Ziemba to be a suspect after viewing video surveillance around the area of the crimes. Ziemba was questioned by police on February 26, and was in possession of a plastic bag containing a large number of BBs, and a BB gun was found in the front console of his vehicle.
Surveillance footage showed Ziemba’s vehicle in the areas of the crimes, and multiple victims gave the description of Ziemba’s vehicle as what they saw before their windows were shot. A warrant for Ziemba’s arrest was issued on March 23, and he was arrested by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department on March 26.
Ziemba was charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief – $0-$500, disturbing the peace, and discharging a firearm/weapon from the highway. Ziemba’s sentence began immediately after his court appearance on October 1.