TAMPA — Three teens who hit a 17-year-old runner in the eye with an egg this summer will avoid trial and criminal charges, instead entering pre-trial intervention.
Daniel Cole Borgeson, 17, Patrick Wasp, 16, and Tyler Metzger, 16, all of South Tampa, had been charged as adults with felony battery in the incident. Lawyers appeared in Hillsborough County Circuit court Thursday for the accused juveniles.
While in the 18-month pre-trial intervention program, the teens will undergo a combination of psychological evaluations, anger management, community service, $800 restitution to the victim and participation in the "Shock" program, which shows juveniles the consequences of criminal and irresponsible behavior.
In order for the program to be an option, victims have to give consent, said Mark Cox, a spokesman for the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office. Noah Grant and his family were consulted beforehand and are on board with the course of action.
Grant was running along Bayshore Boulevard with his twin and cross country teammates from Robinson High School just after 10 p.m. on May 27 when the egg smashed into his right eye, fracturing a bone and cutting the pupil. The residual swelling closed the eye shut as police searched for the egg-throwing teens in the sport utility vehicle.
Police arrested the teens after receiving a tip from a South Tampa Walmart where they had purchased five dozen eggs.
"The injured eye has completely healed and he looks like he's going to be fine," Cox said.
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