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Wall sentenced in breaking and entering

Posted May 27, 2009
Updated May 28, 2009

— Local high school basketball standout Johnathan Hildred Wall has been ordered to complete 75 hours of community service in connection with a breaking and entering last month, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Phillip Cowan said Wednesday.

Wall, 18, of 537 E. Davie St., Raleigh, was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering in connection with the April 27 crime at an unoccupied house for sale at 3924 Laurel Glen Drive in Raleigh.

John Wall High school basketball star faces community service

As part of his plea, he entered the First Offenders Program.

In addition to community service, Wall must pay $320 in court costs and fees. If Wall successfully completes the first offenders program, his case will be dismissed at a November court hearing, Cowan said.

"If they don't have a record, it helps them to keep their record clean," Cowan said of the program.

Wall, a 6-foot 4-inch playmaker, averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh this past season. He was the No. 1-ranked point guard in the country by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Wall was sought after by a number of colleges, including North Carolina State University and Duke University. He announced this month that he will go to the University of Kentucky.

"He is excited about his decision to go to Kentucky and I think he wants to move forward with that," Wall's attorney Anna Smith said.

Police said an officer saw Wall leaving from the rear of the residence around 12:30 p.m. and was able to detain him. There was no forced entry at the residence and no indication that anything was taken from it. Authorities have not said what he might have been doing there.

Two other people were also charged in the crime.

Bria Renea Draughn, 16, of 3212 Harmony Court, Raleigh, was detained while walking along a nearby street.

Reginald Leonard Jackson II, 17, of 108 Luxorwind Drive, Garner, was detained when he returned to the residence, police said.


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  • Here kitty kitty May 28, 2009

    C'mon, he learned from some of the best athletes out there!!! There are so many to look up to! So many wonderful examples....

  • thnkb4uspk May 28, 2009

    +100 Better hurry home. I hear your front door splintering now.

    Maybe he'll sign a basketball for you while he's robbing you!

  • superman May 28, 2009

    +100. The excuse that someone else did the same thing was thrown out by my father when I was in the first grade. It is not what others are doing or not doing that is important. Dont you think that maybe whatever we do we are responsible and because everyone else is doing it-- is not really an adult and mature way to look at it. Yep I just totally agree breaking and entering is just really silly. Just maybe he will break into your house the next time and you will be there to help him pack up your belongings.

  • thnkb4uspk May 28, 2009

    +100...his bad behavior speaks loudly about his lack of character for someone with so much "talent." So, he can bounce a ball. Great! Why didn't he get any lessons in right and wrong? I hope he isn't just a ball player who goes to prison sooner rather than later.

    I teach high school kids for a living. When they are breaking and entering as high school seniors, they usually don't go on to live happy and productive lives.

    Hope that tap on the wrist that he got jolts him into reality, or he's toast.

  • gpcherokee May 28, 2009

    "I'm living off the Wall". - Michael Jackson

  • FE May 28, 2009

    Hopefully Wall will not follow in the footsteps of Jayson Williams of recent local notoriety.

  • clickclackity2 May 28, 2009

    No, this is what a good lawyer can do for you, especially on your first offense. A bad lawyer and he would've been doing time. Funny though, we all love to hate lawyers until it's time we actually need one.

  • Jeremiah May 28, 2009

    "He'll be washing our cars in a couple years."

    From comments like this, I don't think some of you are aware how talented this kid is. He'll be makin millions of dollars before he can legally drink beer. And while it was stupid mistake, it really isn't a very big deal. I'm sure the vast majority of us did worse stuff as a teenager, but just didn't get caught.

  • superman May 28, 2009

    Yep-- we all make mistakes! But sometimes life is hard and we have to pay for them--we dont all get a "get out of jail free card"

  • superman May 28, 2009

    Had the judge known he was a basketball player he would have asked for his autograph and taken him out to lunch.