Second 'Clown' Confesses In Va. Beach
Posted: March 21, 2013
VIRGINIA BEACH — A second man has pleaded guilty to wearing a clown mask in a Virginia Beach theater.
Nineteen-year-old Blake D. Newton is scheduled to be sentenced June 18 on the felony charge of wearing a mask in public.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that Newton entered his plea Tuesday in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. Prosecutors withdrew a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
Prosecutors say Newton and 20-year-old Jamar K. Washington caused a panic when they walked into the theater on Oct. 8, 2012, wearing clown masks.
The incident occurred just months after a gunman killed 12 people and injured 58 others at a theater in Colorado.
Washington told police the men weren't aware of the Colorado massacre.
Washington pleaded guilty to the same charge Monday.