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Bearden vandals saga continues

For two Farragut High School seniors charged with one count each of felony vandalism at Bearden High School last fall, Wednesday, Feb. 10, represented a failed attempt “to see if the matter was going to be resolved in any other way — by agreement.”

That’s according to John Gill, special counsel with Knox County District Attorney General’s office, after defense attorneys for Mitch Kleiber, 18, and Tyler Crone, 18, couldn’t reach a settlement with prosecutors.

The failed attempt to settle officially came before Judge Andrew Jackson VI in Knox County Third Sessions Felony Court Wednesday, Feb. 10.

As a result, an April 22 preliminary hearing is scheduled in Third Sessions Felony Court.

Gregory P. Isaacs, attorney for Kleiber, declined comment on any case details Feb. 10.

Mike Nassios, attorney for Crone, declined comment when reached at his Knoxville office Friday, Feb. 12.

Meanwhile, the case of a 17-year-old FHS student also charged with one count of felony vandalism at BHS apparently has been settled — with limited comment.

Wade Davies, attorney for the minor, confirmed Monday, Feb. 15, his client’s case “has been resolved” without divulging any details because “it was in a juvenile proceeding.”

Crone, Kleiber and the 17-year-old allegedly damaged about $6,000 worth of BHS property Oct. 8.

The vandalism came one day before the annual Farragut versus Bearden varsity football game was scheduled at BHS’s Bill Young Field.

Crone and Kleiber’s cases first came before Jackson in Third Sessions Felony Court Dec. 1, but was reset for Feb. 10 because Isaacs “had a conflict with a case,” Nassios said Dec. 1.


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