Update: Grand jury chooses not to indict locker room vandals

Update 2/27/19:

A Goliad grand jury has decided not to indict two Yoakum High School students for their role in the vandalism of Goliad High School’s locker room.

The Goliad District Attorney’s office says Brennan Hall and a 14 year old student cooperated with their investigation and because of this, they won’t face felony charges.

The case has been moved to the county attorney’s office where they will face misdemeanor charges.

Two other Yoakum students are also believed to have participated in the vandalism but because of the lack of evidence, they won’t face felony charges.

Goliad ISD declined to comment on the grand jury hearing.

Update 1/30/19:

A Goliad Grand Jury is continuing their investigation to determine whether to indict two Yoakum teenagers accused of vandalising the Goliad HS locker room.

According to Assistant District Attorney Rob Baiamonte, the grand jury have not completed their investigation into the crime. He says they are continuing to analyze evidence from the crime and listening to witness testimonies.

An decision on whether to take to two teenagers to trial was originally expected to be announced in late December.

Baiamonte says he expects a final decision to be made by no later than February 24th.

We will update this story when a decision to indict or not has been reached.

Update 11/29/18:

A second person has been arrested in connection with vandalism to a locker room at Goliad High School earlier this month.

A 14-year-old male student was arrested Yoakum High School by District Attorney’s Investigator John Schlinger shortly before noon Thursday. The suspect was then transported to the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.

The juvenile was charged with felony criminal mischief for his role in the vandalism. He was arrested on a Directive to Apprehend issued by Judge Steven Kennedy. A Directive to Apprehend is a court order to take a juvenile into custody, similar to an arrest warrant.

Because of his age, the identity of the suspect will not be released.

After being processed at the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office, the juvenile was transported to a juvenile detention facility in Corpus Christi.

Thursday’s arrest follows that of 18-year-old Brennen Jarod Hall yesterday. Hall and the juvenile were both identified as taking part in the vandalism following the Goliad-Yoakum football game on Nov. 10.

The Goliad County Sheriff’s Office, the 24th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Goliad County Attorney’s Office jointly investigated the case.

An estimated $4,700 in damage was done to the visitor’s locker room at Goliad High School following the Goliad – Yoakum football game on Nov. 10. Damage included the slashing of more than 30 custom-made locker seat cushions, ripped down shower curtains, a drinking fountain ripped away from the wall, and a large amount of mud and debris ground into the carpet. Urine was also found throughout the locker room area, requiring the school district to disinfect the area before it could be used again.

The offense involved is a state jail felony and carries a punishment range of 180 days to 2 years in prison, and a fine of not more than $10,000.

Update 11/28/18:

An 18-year-old Yoakum high school student has been arrested in connection with vandalism to a locker room at Goliad High School on Nov. 10.

Brennen Jarod Hall, a member of the Yoakum High School football team, was booked into the Goliad County Jail Tuesday afternoon.

Hall was charged with one count of felony criminal mischief in connection with the vandalism. He was subsequently released on a $3000 bond set by Judge Steven Kennedy, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2.

Hall was arrested in Yoakum by District Attorney Investigator John Schlinger and brought to Goliad for booking. He was arrested on a warrant issued by Judge Kennedy earlier that day.

The Goliad County Sheriff’s Office and the 24th Judicial District Attorney’s Office jointly investigated the case.

An estimated $4,700 in damage was done to the visitor’s locker room at Goliad High School following the Goliad – Yoakum football game on Nov. 10. Damage included the slashing of more than 30 custom-made locker seat cushions, ripped down shower curtains, a drinking fountain ripped away from the wall, and a large amount of mud and debris ground into the carpet. Urine was also found throughout the locker room area, requiring the school district to disinfect the area before it could be used again.

At least one additional arrest involving a juvenile is anticipated and the investigation is not yet complete.

The offense involved is a state jail felony and carries a punishment range of 180 days to 2 years in prison, and a fine of not more than $10,000.

Original 11/12/18:

Goliad’s superintendent describes seeing the vandalized locker room as heart breaking and something he has never seen before.

The Friday night the lights were bright as the Goliad Tigers took on the Yoakum bulldogs.
After the big loss someone one on the Yoakum football team decided to vandalize the locker room.
“Our junior high coaches are in charge of cleaning up the dressing rooms and one of our junior high coaches discovered all the damages,” adds Dave Plymale, Goliad Superintendent.

Once the damage was discovered, pictures were sent to the Superintendent Dave Plymale tells me it was even worse seeing it in person than over the phone.
“Its saddening to come in and see the facility like this and the damages that were done, exclaims Plymale. Our kids and our opponents take very good care when they are visiting us. So im very disappointed and appalled.”

I asked Superintendent Plymale how much does he estimate the damages will cost.
“Ahh its going to be several thousand dollars, im not sure yet because these are custom made seats so its hard to say right now,” tells Plymale.

He adds that he contacted the Goliad sheriffs office about the vandalism Saturday afternoon.
“So they have come and taken pictures and are investigating damages,” explains Plymale.”They have the video from our security camera of who walked out of the dressing room.”

Plymale says the news of the vandalism spread like wildfire throughout the community and everyone is upset.
He adds that the senior citizens use that dressing room when they go walk on the indoor track.
“They just want to make sure that a thorough investigation is completed and the person or persons are held accountable for their actions,” declares Plymale.

Goliad wont start repairs until the investigation is complete Superintendent Plymale told me

the Yoakum Superintendent Tom Kelly is very apologetic and embarrassed, Yoakum Isd will pay for the damages.