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Ex-Grapevine High School student gets probation for vandalism

GRAPEVINE — The last of seven then-Grapevine High School students was sentenced to one year’s probation on Monday for breaking into the school in March 2007 and causing $40,000 in damage.

Five other young men also have received various probation sentences and agreed to pay $4,420 in restitution. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office has refiled a charge related to the school incident on a sixth young man because he violated a condition of his probation sentence.

On Monday, Charles Ray Ward III of Colleyville, 19, pleaded guilty to burglary of a building and was sentenced to probation with deferred adjudication.

Deferred adjudication means that the conviction will be dropped if he completes terms of his probation, but the arrest will remain on his record.

The teens pried open an auto shop door at the school about 1 a.m. on March 7, 2007 and then vandalized the school.

They poured paint on the shop floor and spray-painted the room. Then, they went through hallways, using paintball guns and BB guns to damage interior surveillance cameras, trophy cases, door windows, walls and display cases. A pipe wrench was used to smash large windows at the main office, police said.

Based on tips from other students, police identified the teens a few days after the vandalism.

Authorities have refiled a burglary charge against Drake Alexander Lenham, 19, of Colleyville. A charge had been dropped against him in June, but he was placed on Deferred Prosecution Program for a year. No information was available Tuesday on the violation that caused prosecutors to re-file the charge.

In addition to Lenham, Jasiel Zapata, 20, of Grapevine and Bryan Neher, 19, of Grapevine, were placed in the prosecution program.

Bradley Thomas Hieb, 20, of Colleyville was sentenced to three years probation while Eduardo Perez, 19, of Grapevine and Juan Martinez, 19, of Grapevine, were sentenced to five years probation.