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April 16, 2014

Trial set in BB gun vandalism case

GREENVILLE — A trial date has been set for a Greenville man, charged with causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage by firing a BB gun at dozens of local homes, vehicles and businesses.

Two Hunt County men pleaded guilty earlier in the year involving November 2012 incident.

Charles Austin Stanphill, 20, of Greenville, had a June 2 trial date set during a hearing Tuesday in the 354th District Court. Stanphill has pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal mischief in the amount of more than $20,000, but less than $100,000.

Colton Dewayne Miller, 18, of Greenville and Treavor Blaine Wood, 20, of Wolfe City, each pleaded guilty to the charge February 5. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Miller and Wood were each placed on 10 years of deferred adjudication probation, with 180 hours of community service each, and were ordered to pay $29,568.35 in restitution.

Deferred adjudication probation carries no finding of guilt, although those defendants who are found to have violated a deferred probation are subject to being sentenced to the maximum punishment.

Miller, Wood and Stanphill were facing a maximum sentence of from two to 10 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000 upon conviction for the third degree felony charges.

The indictments returned in August 2013 alleged the three fired a BB gun at a total of 68 residential or vehicle windows, at a Greenville automobile dealership and at property owned by Lakes Regional MHMR on Nov. 13, 2012.

According to a report from the Greenville Police Department, a resident in the 600 block of Center Point Lane indicated someone had shot the glass out of her vehicle. The resident was able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle. Officers responded to the area and located a vehicle matching the description, occupied by the three defendants. Officers conducted their investigation and determined that a BB gun was used to break the windows of vehicles in various neighborhoods in Greenville.

Officers met and interviewed victims of the spree throughout the next day.

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