Frank Brandenburg and Jesse Lee Garza, the Glen Rose teenagers arrested in May for burglarizing several homes, last week each pleaded guilty in court to three counts of burglary, each a second-degree felony.
In return, they received more lenient punishments that included 10 years of probation and 120 days in a short-term corrections facility.
Second-degree felonies are punishable by two to up to 20 years in prison for each count.
Another student who is a minor also was accused of participating in the burglaries. His case has been handled through the county juvenile justice system.
The pleas were taken in the 249th District Court in Somervell County last Wednesday. A grand jury indicted the two individuals last month.
Brandenburg, 18, and Garza, 17, this summer will begin serving their 120 days in the Gonzales Intermediate Sanction Facility in Gonzales in central Texas. It is a short-term residential community corrections facility mainly used to punish and rehabilitate offenders.
"Our program equips offenders with the tools to make positive self-changes in a secure controlled environment, while giving back to the community through community service work," according to Keith Garner, the facility's director.
That makes it an "appealing sentencing option for the courts," he added.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Hable said the facility often in used in situations involving "youthful offenders."
The two young men also were ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to the victims of the crimes.
They were charged with busting down the doors and breaking into three residences located in The Oaks and Falcon Ridge developments, as well as a home on FM 56 South. Items reported stolen included computers and iPads. One victim's personal information was wiped off an electronic device.
According to Somervell County Sheriff's Department officers, the three students skipped school and drove to the homes where the burglaries took place. A neighbor near one of the residences got a vehicle description and part of a license plate number, which led investigators to a vehicle in the Glen Rose High School parking lot.
The investigators checked attendance records with the school office and questioned students who had been absent from class on the day of the break-ins. Brandenburg reportedly confessed and officers said they found some of the stolen items in his vehicle.
A search warrant also led to other items reported stolen from the homes in Garza's possession.
The restitution amount includes damages to doors and to the electronic devices, Hable said.
The two individuals will begin paying the damages after they are released from the Gonzales facility.
Neither Brandenburg nor Garza could be reached for comment.