FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Anger has given way to forgiveness by the family that owns Bronner's Christmas Wonderland after a group of young men and a 17-year-old boy caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to displays outside the iconic Frankenmuth store.
President Wayne Bronner and his sister Carla Bronner-Spletzer have told the mother of two culprits that they've forgiven them and feel compassion for what she's gone through as well.
Diane Quintanilla's sons Samuel and Caleb are among four suspects who pleaded guilty and admitted to vandalizing the displays on Christmas Day. They face three-month jail sentences, and a fifth suspect awaits trial.
The Detroit Free Press says that Diane Quintanilla apologized to Bronner, receiving words of encouragement from him and a hug from his sister.