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2 Guilty in Dangerous Prank on Autistic Man

Both are sentenced to community service
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2016 11:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two New Jersey men have been found guilty of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person by coaxing a man with autism to jump into a freezing ocean in a prank posted online. Authorities say Nicholas Formica, 22, and Christopher Tilton, 21, dared 20-year-old Parker Drake to eat a hamster for money, walk into the ocean for two packs of cigarettes, or jump from a jetty for the cigarettes and $20 in February 2015, per the AP. Drake refused the first two, but agreed to the latter option. A judge sentenced Formica to 90 days of community service instead of jail time on Drake's request on Tuesday. Tilton got 60 days of community service. (Read more New Jersey stories.)

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