Teen pleads not guilty to vandalisms; both have preliminary hearings Feb. 26

Published 12:21 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018

One of the two teens charged with causing more than $30,000 of damage to nine vehicles has pleaded not guilty.

John Hisoire, 18, is facing five counts of first-degree criminal mischief and one each of second-degree and third-degree criminal mischief. Another 18-year-old, Matthew Ezekiel King, is facing the same charges.

During Hisoire’s arraignment in Clark District Court Wednesday afternoon, Judge Earl-Ray Neal entered a not-guilty plea, because there are felony charges in the case. He also postponed Hisoire’s preliminary hearing until Feb. 26 to coincide with King’s. King has already been released on bond.

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Hisoire’s bond was amended to 10 percent of $30,857.31, the amount of damage to the various vehicles involved. Hisoire would also be placed on a monitoring bracelet and not allowed in the Stoney Brook or McClure Manor neighborhoods.

Neal also indicated he would recuse himself from the case because of a potential family connection with the suspects.

In court documents, Hisoire told detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office he and King were driving around on New Year’s Eve when they found a frozen pumpkin. Hisoire said they stopped so he could get the pumpkin, then he threw it at vehicles until it shattered, while King drove.

He told detectives he was the only one that threw the pumpkin.

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