Vandal Sentenced for Damaging “Field of Dreams” Ball Diamond

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A man accused of driving onto and damaging the Dyersville baseball field made famous by the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” must serve two to five years of probation.

KCRG reports that 21-year-old Austin Pape, of Dyersville, also was granted a deferred judgment at his sentencing Monday in Dubuque. A deferred judgment allows Pape’s conviction to be removed from court records if he fulfills his probation terms.

Investigators say Pape acknowledged driving onto the field on January 22nd, leaving deep ruts and causing over $5,000 in damages.

Pape pleaded guilty in September to felony criminal mischief after prosecutors dropped a charge of reckless driving.