City Councilman With 1996 Warrant Pleads Guilty

He was arrested for breaking into a store and vandalizing it.

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011  |  Updated 12:29 PM EDT
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Councilman Pleads Guilty to '96 Charge

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A city councilman who had an outstanding warrant from when he broke into a store and vandalized it in 1996 has pleaded guilty to the charges after more than 14 years.

Ruben Wills, 40, was sentenced to three days of community service and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution.

The councilman, a Democrat who was elected last year and represents a part of Queens that includes south Jamaica and south Ozone Park, was arrested in 1996 after he got into a financial dispute with the owner of a Chinatown store where he worked, according to the Daily News.

He was accused of breaking into the store and vandalizing it.

The DA said he showed up for an initial court appearance but then failed to arrive for later court dates. A bench warrant was issued.

The councilman's office had no immediate comment.

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