In 424th District Court on January 23, 2008, the first suspect to have a jury trial in the Blanco High School vandalism case was sentenced.
A school employee discovered the vandalism in the early morning on Saturday, October 28, 2006. Police found several windows were broken by rocks, most of the school building was under inches of water caused by the activation of emergency showers in two science labs, and the suspects had driven a motor vehicle across school property.
The gym's wooden floor had to be replaced, along with carpeting and a large amount of tile flooring. At the time, the damage was estimated at over half a million dollars.
The grand jury indicted Steven Alaniz, Miguel Augusto Melgar, and Daniel Zamora on charges of criminal mischief ($200,000 or more) and burglary of a building in early June, 2007. The mischief charge is a first-degree felony and the burglary a state jail felony. Additionally, Zamora and Robert Singleton were charged with retaliation for allegedly assaulting a complainant who was a prospective witness or informant.
Zamora pled guilty to all three charges during the jury trial last month in Johnson City, and was sentenced to a year in state jail and 10 years probation. Zamora's sentence began on Monday, February 4.
Three others who were indicted by the grand jury in the case–Miguel Melgar, Steven Alaniz, and Robert Singleton–are scheduled for separate jury trials on March 24 at the courthouse in Johnson City.