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Man pleads guilty to damaging Stafford school
A man who broke into a Stafford elementary school and caused extensive damage pleaded guilty to four charges Thursday.
Jarred Tyler Kee, 19, was convicted in Stafford Circuit Court of burglary, grand larceny, vandalism and possession of marijuana. Several other charges were dropped.
Kee will be sentenced June 20. Over the objections of prosecutor Kristin Bird, Judge J. Howe Brown allowed Kee to remain free on bond pending sentencing.
According to the evidence, Kee and a 17-year-old accomplice broke into Hampton Oaks Elementary School in North Stafford early Sept. 30 after finding an opening on the roof.
Six ceramic globes were smashed, multiple computer monitors were broken and other electronic equipment was destroyed.
In addition, fire extinguishers and paper-towel dispensers were ripped from the walls, windows were broken and every book in the school library was knocked off the shelves.
Deputies went to the school about 1:20 a.m. in response to a silent alarm and apprehended the suspects, who were highly intoxicated and wearing masks.
The younger suspect was tried as a juvenile and his case was resolved in juvenile court late last year.
He was convicted of felony destruction of property, two counts of burglary and conspiracy and was placed in a residential facility for troubled youths.
Bird said the boy had just been charged with driving while intoxicated prior to the school incident.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404