John Wall, one of the top high school
basketball players in the country, has been placed in a first
offender's program that gives him a chance to have his record expunged
of the breaking and entering charge filed against him.
Cowan, the Wake County assistant district attorney, said the program is
available only to individuals having no other criminal record. Under
the first offender's program, the case against Wall will be dismissed
if he completes 75 hours of community service, pays court costs and
program fees and stays out of trouble for the next six months.
"It is a win-win situation," said Anna E. Smith, Wall's attorney. "Everyone benefits. The community benefits from the community service done by the defendant. Ultimately, the defendant has the case dismissed and expunged."
Wall is a 6-foot-4 basketball point guard at Raleigh Word of God. He signed a national letter of intent to play at Kentucky last week.
Mitch Summerfield, the chief operating official at Word of God, said Wall plans to begin his community service as soon as possible. Summerfield said he did not know what Wall would be doing.
Last week at his press conference announcing his decision to go to Kentucky, Wall apologized and said he would accept whatever punishment he was given.
Judge Jennifer Knox presided in Wake County district court.