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Wall sentenced in breaking and entering

Posted May 27, 2009 5:18 p.m. EDT
Updated May 28, 2009 5:33 a.m. EDT

— 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.

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.