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Three Teens and Juvenile Charged with Ridge Cemetery Vandalism

Three teenagers and one juvenile have been charged with vandalism to a cemetery, following an investigation as they were arrested last Tuesday. According to Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Justin Dudra, the cemetery that was vandalized was Ridge Cemetery, just to the southeast of Tower Hill. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department further stated that between 100-120 headstones were vandalized. Those arrested were 19 year-old Colton J. Brown of Alma, 19 year-old Bradley S. Wright of Shelbyville, 19 year-old Trenton D. White of Pana, and a 17 year-old juvenile of Pana. According to Shelby County State’s Attorney, Gina Vonderheide, the three teens have been charged with Damage to 1-4 gravestones, which is a Class 4 felony, with bond set at $25,000 and ten percent to apply. The juvenile has been charged with Damage to 10 or More Gravestones, a Class 2 felony.


Vonderheide further stated that Brown, Wright, and White made their appearance in Shelby County Court on Monday morning. White has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 29 at 10 a.m. The Public Defender filed a bond reduction motion for Wright, but it was denied. His preliminary hearing has been set for April 11 at 10 a.m. Brown’s preliminary hearing has been set for April 13 at 10 a.m. Both Wright and Brown are still incarcerated in the Shelby County Detention Center, while White posted bail. The juvenile’s preliminary hearing is set for April 13 at 10 a.m.

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