- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa chiropractor has been sentenced to 30 months of probation after admitting to poisoning trees and damaging several families’ lawns.

James Dohnalek, 63, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to malicious injury to property, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1SQK6Cz ) reported. He was ordered to pay more than $83,000 in restitution and to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the victims’ residences.

According to a police affidavit, Phyllece and Patrick Clare watched the trees - including an oak tree, multiple crape myrtles, a redbud tree and a Japanese maple - along with multiple hedges and flowers die in their front yard in 2013 and 2014. They tested soil samples, which revealed a large amount of herbicide along with some type of fuel mixture.

Phyllece Clare said she monitored her yard to try and catch the person who was poisoning her lawn. She saw a man roll down his car window and begin taking photos. She obtained the vehicle’s license plate number, which led investigators to Dohnalek.

Investigators searched Dohnalek’s residence and found multiple empty and full containers of Alligare, which contained the main chemical that poisoned the Clare’s landscaping.

Patrick Clare said that more than two decades ago, his mother had lived in the residence directly behind Dohnalek and that his mother had similar occurrences happen to her.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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