Teen gets probation in Arlington graffiti case

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FORT WORTH -- Another teen pleaded guilty Wednesday to painting racial and anti-homosexual slurs on cars and homes in an Arlington neighborhood in June, but a trial was set for another young man charged in the case, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

John Austin Cartwright, 18, of Arlington, was sentenced to three years' deferred-adjudication probation as part of a plea agreement. If he complies with terms of his probation, he will not have a conviction on his record.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 damage, a state jail felony. He entered his plea Wednesday morning in Criminal District Court No. 371.

Another defendant, Daniel Sibley, 19, of Fort Worth, is scheduled to go trial on March 18 in the same Fort Worth courtroom.

If it goes to trial, Sibley would be the only one of five young people to have a hearing on the case.

Two other teens, Seth Hatcher, 19, and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, both of Arlington, also received three years' deferred-adjudication probation last month as part of a plea agreement. A juvenile who was 16 at the time also faces court action.

Hatcher and Aubuchon each have to pay $300 in fines and more than $6,400 in restitution, perform 120 hours of community service at a minimum of 20 hours a month at the Samaritan House, the AIDS Outreach Center or any other organization approved by the court.

The two defendants must also testify truthfully about the actions of their co-defendants in any trial that might arise from the June 10 incident, which angered Arlington residents whose vehicles and homes were defaced.

Authorities arrested the two defendants and three other suspects after surveillance cameras at some of the homes captured clear images of people painting the graffiti, prosecutors have said.

The incidents occurred close together, and when approached by police, some of the suspects admitted their roles. Images and words were repeated at different locations, and the same paint colors were used.

This story contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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