Lil Za Gets a Reduced Charge in His Felony Vandalism Case

Teen now faces a misdemeanor for breaking a phone in jail.

Posted: 03/25/2014 03:16 PM EDT

Lil Za won't face felony vandalism for destroying a phone in jail after he was arrested for felony drug possession back in January. TMZ reports that Za, a.k.a. Xavier Smith, has been given a reduced misdemeanor charge because the damaged property was worth less than $400.

The 19-year-old aspiring rapper was busted by police during a raid at Justin Bieber's house. Authorities swarmed the Calabasas, Calif. mansion amid allegations that Beiber egged his neighbor's home. Police say Za was found inside the pop star's home with ecstasy andoxycodone.

Za lost his cool after he posted bail in the drug incident and was subsequently re-arrested for smashing the phone.  

Later, he lashed out at police on Twitter for initially announcing that he was in possession of cocaine. "Some stuff I've done has been wrong yes," he wrote. "But look at the position I'm in and the color of my skin. Cocaine? Really?"

The Texas native has found himself in the spotlight strictly over his affiliation to The Biebs. He ended up being one of many of the Canadian singer's friends who either got in trouble with him or at his house, yet Beiber's egging case may have helped Za get the felony downgrade.

Beiber was originally slapped with a felony count for causing $20,000 in destruction to the neighbor's home, up until last week when the Los Angeles District Attorney offered him a plea deal. Cutting Bieber a break could have made it harder for the D.A. to justify holding a felony against Za. 

The possession charge will be wiped from Za's record if he stays out of trouble for the next year and completes a drug education course.

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