College Students Face Felonies for Damaging UGA Field | Athletic Business

College Students Face Felonies for Damaging UGA Field

Four suspects face felony charges after allegedly vandalizing the University of Georgia’s football field this fall.

According to AJC.com, Berwyn David Lu, 19; Katherine Colleen Tyrone, 19; Grace Carolyn Johnson, 20; and Taylor Mackenzie Anderson, 18, each face two felony charges after their Jan. 15 arrests stemming from a November incident at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

The four individuals, who attend Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Ga., turned themselves in to the Clarke County Jail after warrants were issued for their arrests. They each posted a $3,500 bond.

The suspects face counts of second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal damage to property. The investigation dates back to the night of Nov. 20, when the suspects allegedly entered Sanford Stadium without authorization and damaged the turf field prior to Georgia’s 19-13 home win over Texas A&M.

Georgia senior associate athletic director Claude Felton told AJC.com that the group sprinkled salt on the field, which caused more than $500 of damage and forced a 6-by-15-foot section of turf to be replaced.

Three Georgia seat backs worth $8 apiece were also reportedly stolen from the stadium.

The damage didn’t rise to the level of a 1999 incident that saw people break into Sanford Stadium and drive all over the field, reportedly doing $100,000 of damage according to the Orlando Sentinel at the time.

An October report by DawgNation said that University of South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner apologized to Georgia AD Greg McGarity after South Carolina players damaged the hedges surrounding the Stanford Stadium field after the Gamecocks’ 20-17 double-overtime win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 12. The hedges were originally installed in 1929.

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