The Portland man convicted of leaving half a manufactured home in a Cornelius elementary school parking lot was sentenced a month in jail last week.
Derek Brandon Conley, 35, was sentenced Tuesday, June 4, to 28 days in jail, along with more than a year of probation.
Conley purchased the manufactured home on Sept. 17, 2018, after responding to an online ad in Yamhill County offering cash to remove the double-wide home. The building was split into two portions and Conley agreed to remove the structure for $500 apiece.
Conley allegedly told the seller he planned to convert the mobile home into "small housing units." The unit was listed as "salvage," was in dilapidated condition and contained mold, according to firefighters.
Conley drove the first portion to Echo Shaw Elementary School in Cornelius, where he dumped it in the school's parking lot.
"The mobile home was in extreme disrepair," said Stephen Mayer, a spokesman with the Washington County District Attorney's Office, which prosecuted Conley. "It was rusty, full of trash and debris and listing dangerously to one side. It presented a safety risk to children and those using the facility."
A witness snapped several photos of Conley as he unhooked the home from his trailer and drove away, and authorities received several tips about the online ad after news of the strange sight attracted media attention across the Portland area.
The city was forced to tow the mobile home from the school.
Conley was arrested after the seller contacted the Sheriff's Office to inform deputies that Conley was on his way to pick up the second half of the mobile home from the property in Yamhill County according to the Sheriff's Office.
Conley initially denied abandoning the mobile home section, but later pleaded guilty to the charges.
In addition to his jail sentence, Conley must also pay more than $1,800 in fines and restitution to cover the costs of cleanup incurred by the city of Cornelius when it towed the mobile home.
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