As they sat in jail Wednesday, recent McClatchy High School graduates Jacob Rodriguez and Isaiah Rose, both 18, admitted vandalizing their school early Tuesday but said their charges don't fit their alleged crimes.
The Sacramento Police Department released Rodriguez's and Rose's names Wednesday, after the two were arrested about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of felony vandalism, resisting arrest and conspiracy.
Rodriguez and Rose, clad in orange, reflected on their time at McClatchy and said they were good students. Rodriguez, a football lineman and member of the wrestling team, said he graduated with a 3.0 GPA. Rose said he earned a 4.0 GPA his junior year. Both plan to attend college.
They acknowledged that those plans could come to a halt if their charges are not reduced to misdemeanors during their court hearings today.
They claim their vandalism, which included spray paint, washable paint and plastic wrap, was a senior prank. They also say they are taking the brunt of the punishment for last week's senior prank, though they say they weren't involved in that incident, which also included spray paint and putting glue in locks.
"The only thing we regret was being there too long," Rodriguez said. He said the time passes slowly in jail. "You look for any little light to show and shine I hope I get out of here."
Rose said graffiti already adorned the school when they arrived and they made "minor" additions by painting "Class of 2012." He said they didn't write anything profane or vulgar.
Rose said he believes their punishment is unfair in comparison to the 30 students allegedly involved in the first prank who were barred from walking in McClatchy's graduation ceremony. "They just didn't get to walk the stage," he said. "And we're here."
Police still say they're searching for a third suspect in the case. Rodriguez said there was no third person involved, while Rose said there was a third person who was unaffiliated with him and Rodriguez.
"I don't know the dude's name," he said.
Gabe Ross, Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman, said Wednesday that the school is still assessing damages from the most recent vandalism, which will total thousands of dollars.
Rodriguez and Rose have their first court hearings at 1:30 p.m. today. Bail for each is set at $10,000.