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Dumping mulch on ex-girlfriend's lawn leads to littering fine
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A vengeful boyfriend was ordered to make a $250 contribution to the Warren County Litter Fund after he had two tons of mulch dumped on his ex-girlfriend’s lawn.
The defendant, Charles Wayne Shephard, 55, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the charge of aggravated criminal littering. He was directed to perform 16 hours public service work and pay $250 plus court costs to the Warren County Litter Fund. He will also be required to clean up the mess he caused.
His fine comes after he and his girlfriend split up. He was ordered by the court to leave the property where they had lived and to stay away from his ex. While leaving the property, he concocted an idea for revenge and set the wheels in motion by contacting a local tree service to put in an order.
“He requested a delivery and drop of approximately two tons of rough tree mulch,” said Sheriff’s Investigator Travis Thaxton, noting the delivery was made without her permission.
Thaxton caught up to Shephard after his ex-girlfriend filed a complaint.
“He admitted that he did in fact request that the mulch be delivered and dropped on her property because he was upset with her and wanted to p… her off,” Thaxton wrote in his warrant against Shephard.