Ex-felon hopes Berston Field House vandals make the most of second chance

“We’re going to actively pursue whomever is responsible and we’re going to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Bryant Nolden said Sunday.

The Genesee County Commissioner and Friends of Berston Executive Director has repeated that statement in several ways over the last several days.

But, after five young people came forward and owned up to causing the damage to the Berston Field House’s specialty basketball court, he had a change of heart.

The five were accused of driving two vehicles over the center’s court Saturday night, leaving behind a ripped up court and several tire marks.

They destroyed the $45,000 donation Berston Field House received from the National Basketball Players Association in the fall of 2019.

Nolden has been extremely emotional about the senseless act; but, he said, after the five apologized, he will not press charges.

Instead, he’s made a deal with them.

It’s a privilege not many people get.

Former convicted felon, Leon El-Alamin said this is the opportunity the five needed and he hopes they take advantage of it.


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