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Police follow the law in charging teen vandals

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PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Police say they had no choice but to file felony charges against the boys accused of spray-painting the football field at Pearl High School.

Tyler Dearman and Adam Cook, both students at Brandon high school, were arrested and charged with felony malicious mischief.  They have since been released on $5,000 bond. 

They're accused of spray-painting pearl's new artificial-turf field before last weekend's game against Brandon. 

Pearl Police spokesman Butch Townsend says even though the turf company's repair bill came to less than $500,which is the felony threshold, that figure rises quickly when you add the school employees, Brandon firefighters, and others who worked to clean the field. 

Townsend says a grand jury could send the case in a different direction  or the district attorney could opt for "pre-trial diversion," essentially giving the boys probation and clearing their record if they stay out of trouble. 

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