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Four of the five defendants in the Roanoke Rapids High School vandalism case were read their rights and given August 7 court dates.

Another is scheduled to appear in court on July 12.

Four of the former students charged — James Carlisle III; Matthew Vandam; Evan Garner and Garrett Tant — appeared in felony district this morning before Judge Vershenia Ballance Moody.

The fifth person charged — Ryan M. Turner, 20 — does not face a felony count and was scheduled to appear today before Judge W. Turner Stephenson.

Turner, who has retained Sam Barnes as his lawyer, had his first court appearance moved to July.

Moody told the four in her courtroom the felony count they face carries a 24-month prison sentence. The higher of the misdemeanor charges they face carries a 120-day jail sentence while any lesser misdemeanors carry a 20-day jail sentence.

When asked by Moody about the status of their legal representation, Carlisle and Tant, both 18, said they would be represented by Gilbert Chichester.

Garner, 18, will be represented by James Walker and Vandam, 18, by Franklin Jones.

Those charged are all from Roanoke Rapids.

The charges filed against them not only reflect the some $8,400 in damages caused by spray-painting parts of the buildings, pouring cooking oil on the hardwood floods and gluing locks but shoplifting counts where the glue was stolen, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department said following their arrests last month.

The charges include a felony count of injury to a building against four of the students, a count the police department said was lodged after consultation with the Halifax County District Attorney’s Office.