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Two Teens Found Delinquent

February 17, 1996

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Two boys have been found delinquent for tossing eggs at the home of Cleveland Indians star Albert Belle on Halloween.

The youths are a 16-year-old from Cleveland Heights and a 15-year-old from Euclid.

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth Rocco on Friday found the boys delinquent of criminal mischief. Eggs were tossed after a group of boys went to Belle’s residence and Belle’s father told them he had no candy to give them.

Two other Euclid teens admitted their responsibility earlier this month _ the equivalent of pleading guilty in Juvenile Court.

The judge has not set a date to determine a sentence. Rocco heard testimony Wednesday morning. Belle and his father each took the stand.

``We’re deeply disappointed,″ said Richard G. Lillie, lawyer for the Cleveland Heights boy. He said the judge equated presence at the incident with compliance.

Lillie vowed to appeal and said Rocco’s ruling will have no impact on the $850,000 civil action his client’s guardian filed against Belle for allegedly injuring the youth with his car during a chase into Richmond Heights.

Jose Feliciano, Belle’s lawyer, said the Juvenile Court ruling only strengthens Belle’s position. The lawyer also said Belle is going to file a counterclaim against the boy and his family for trespassing and invasion of privacy.

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