One of two female Yosemite High School students who allegedly vandalized a coach’s car with racial and homophobic slurs admitted to felony charges during a Friday hearing, District Attorney David Linn said.
The second girl did not, and is “taking her chances,” said Linn, who attended the morning hearing in Madera County Superior Court.
By admitting the allegations, Linn said the first girl will return to court April 22 to determine whether she’s eligible for probation or deferred entry of judgment, which would essentially dismiss her case once she follows the conditions of probation.
She was released from juvenile hall and placed on house arrest, Linn said, with GPS monitoring and other terms.
The second girl did not agree to anything, Linn said, despite the attempts of Judge James Oakley to reason with her.
“(Oakley) really tried to work with her and put her on house arrest, but she didn’t appear cooperative,” Linn said. “The only alternative was to leave her in juvenile hall.”
The girl will return to court April 4 for a pretrial hearing, prosecutor Benjamin Levy said.
The names of both girls, ages 15 and 16, will not be released per California law, and proceedings in juvenile court are closed to the public.
Both girls face three counts of felony vandalism for covering the Volkswagen Jetta of YHS JV boys soccer coach Victor Salazar in hateful painted messages like “Go back to Mexico” or a penis with the word “Trump” inside it, as well as feces rubbed on its door handles.
They were arrested Tuesday evening and placed in juvenile hall after one phoned Salazar to apologize for the incident, authorities said.
The maximum sentence for the felony charges is four-and-a-half years incarceration, Linn said.
“When we’re dealing with young people, it’s not so much the seriousness of the crime but the individual and what’s going to do them the most good,” Linn said. “I imagine the one who cooperated will probably get probation or deferred entry and be able to put this behind her. The other one is taking her chances.”
Linn said trying the girls as adults could be a possibility, but he wished to leave the matters to juvenile court.
Click here for the story that detailed the crime: sierrastar.com/2016/03/22/77680/mountain-area-outraged-after-hate.html.