Teens charged in egg attack avoid prosecution
TAMPA - Three teenagers charged with felony battery after a high school runner was hit with an egg are entering a pretrial intervention program, avoiding prosecution as adults. Police said the teens were driving on Bayshore Boulevard on May 27, throwing eggs at joggers. Robinson High School cross country runner Noah Grant, 17, was running with teammates when he was hit. The egg broke a bone around his eye. Although Grant had worried about possible long-term effects, Grant's eye has healed, said Mark Cox, a spokesman for the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office.Police said a tip that a group of juveniles had purchased five dozen eggs from a South Tampa Walmart the night before led to the arrests. Charged with felony battery were Daniel Cole Borgeson, 17, Patrick Daniel Wasp, 16, and Tyler Metzger, 16. The three will serve 18 months in the pretrial intervention program, attorneys told Hillsborough Circuit Judge Scott Stephens. They must each perform 100 hours of community service work, undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment, participate in anger management and pay $800 in restitution to the victim. They also have to participate in a "Shock" program, 12 classes designed to expose juveniles to the consequences of criminal and irresponsible behavior. Cox said that prosecutors had consulted with the victim and his mother, who signed off on the pretrial intervention program. The program enables defendants to avoid criminal convictions on their records.
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