James River High student released on $3,000 bond

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The Chesterfield teen that was arrested yesterday and charged with possession of a firearm on school property was released Wednesday night on a $3,000 bond.

Cyril Mongra, 18, was also charged with buying or receiving a firearm knowing it had been stolen. He's scheduled to appear in court as early as Thursday afternoon.

The family of a Chesterfield teen spoke out Wednesday night, just hours after he was arrested for bringing an unloaded gun to James River High School.

The sister told NBC12 that her brother has never been in trouble with the law before. She doesn't know how he got involved with what happened at school but she did offer an apology to Chesterfield parents.

We were told to leave after knocking on the door of Mongra's home. But after asking about his recent arrest his sister came out and decided to face our tough questions.

"I saw my brother this morning before I went to work before he went to school," said Mongra's sister, Letechia James. "My brother did not steal a gun."

James hasn't seen her brother since hearing that he'd been arrested. The news has been difficult for her family as they try to figure out how to bail him out of jail.

"I'm very upset that he had a gun at school," said James. "We're just surprised. This is not something that happens regularly."

However some of Mongra's former neighbors disagree. When asked if that surprised him, former neighbor, Edgar Herron said no.

"After a while he got mixed in with the wrong crowd," said Herron. "And I hope that he changes his life around."

As for Mongra's classmates, they just hope this incident doesn't hurt their school's reputation.

"James River has never really been a negative place like that," said neighbor and classmate, Evonne Rooks. "It's always been recognized as a school of excellence."

Police were called immediately once the gun was discovered. Students at James River High School were never in any immediate danger.

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