Judge denies probation for Lufkin duo accused of vandalizing school

Melsar Bonilla. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Melsar Bonilla. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Cristian Granados. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Cristian Granados. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A district judge apparently frustrated with two men for not admitting to the crime they were pleading guilty to denied a probation deal which they had agreed to.

Melsar Bonilla, 18, and Cristian Granados, 19, both of Lufkin, were set to plead guilty Wednesday morning to vandalizing a school in August 2011. But in Judge Paul White's courtroom, the men would not admit to the allegations.

White read the allegations to the pair, which included them breaking a door at Coston Elementary, located on the 700 block of Trenton Drive, and damaging TVs, spraying a fire extinguisher on the walls and leaving human feces inside the building.

"We just went inside," Bonilla said.

"You all need to get righteous," White said.

"We didn't know what we were doing," Bonilla said.

White then said he was denying the plea bargain, which included a probation sentence, and that the case would have to go to trial.

The trial is scheduled for July.

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