Ayers sentenced to probation
An Evans City man was sentenced Thursday to probation after being charged with soliciting a teenage boy to fire a BB gun into a Jefferson Township home in February.
Austin J. Ayers, 19, was sentenced to one year of county probation by Butler County Judge William Shaffer. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution, as well as complete 20 hours of community service within three months.
His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Ryan Helsel said Ayers is self-employed, and because of that, asked for the community service in lieu of fines. Shaffer said he was “more interested in the victim being made whole” than fines, and imposed the community service.
State police filed the charges after troopers responded to the home of Heidi Sloan and Justin Castilyn for a report of a projectile hitting the window. The home also was occupied by two young children. No one was injured.
Ayers was later released from Butler County Prison after posting $50,000 bail.
Read more about this case in the Butler Eagle.