3 18-year-olds charged in Seymour High School vandalism case

3 18-year-olds charged in Seymour High School vandalism case

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Jacob Shields (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office) Jacob Shields (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)
Jacob Lewis-Jones (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office) Jacob Lewis-Jones (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Lewis-Jones (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office) Joshua Lewis-Jones (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)
School officials and deputies discovered the damage to the newly completed artificial turf field on the morning of Friday, May 23. School officials and deputies discovered the damage to the newly completed artificial turf field on the morning of Friday, May 23.
SEYMOUR (WATE) - Three 18-year-olds were arrested Thursday in connection with the vandalism of the Seymour High School football field.

Jacob Shields, Joshua Lewis-Jones and Jacob Lewis Jones were all charged with felony vandalism and booked into the Sevier County Jail on $1,200 bond each. The three had graduated from Seymour High only days before the vandalism was discovered.

School officials and deputies discovered the damage to the recently completed artificial turf field on the morning of Friday, May 23. Several numbers, part of the sideline and the bleachers were spray painted.

School officials said Thursday their crews were able to clean the bleachers, but the numbers on the field are harder to repair because each one is individually sewn into the turf. Removing and replacing them could cost thousands.

The sheriff's office investigation led to a number of tips, one of which led to the three suspects.

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Deputies located the three on Thursday and questioned them. All three gave incriminating statements about their involvement. Detectives were also able to recover some of the paint cans used in the vandalism at a home near the school where a party had taken place the night of the vandalism.

A preliminary hearing for the three is scheduled on June 18.

The investigation into the vandalism is continuing. Anyone with additional information should call Det. James Breeden with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at (865) 774-3932 or (865) 428-1899.
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