Charges dropped against Jose Charles in July 4 incident

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Charges have been dropped against Jose Charles in the 2016 Fun Fourth Festival incident as part of a plea deal.

As part of the deal, Charles, 16, pleaded guilty to one count of felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, one count of conspiracy to breaking and entering and another count of felony breaking and entering. The charges were unrelated to the July Fourth event.

Charles received one-year probation and he must wear an electronic ankle monitor for 90 days. If he commits another crime, he must stay at the detention center for 14 days.

The judge believes this will give him an incentive to better himself.

Charles' mother, Tamara Figueroa, called the deal a victory.

"Jose can be held accountable now for something that he did versus something that he didn't do," Figueroa said. "The incident that took place at the Fun Fourth Festival, he didn't commit those crimes and I'm just glad that district attorney dropped those charges."

Seven charges were dropped altogether in the plea deal.

Figueroa says she is still hoping police release the body camera footage of the alleged assault on July 4th. She says the police used excessive force when arresting her son. Greensboro City Council viewed the footage, most members sided with police that the officer did nothing wrong.

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