Two men — one local and one from Richmond — have both been found guilty of trespassing and vandalism and sentenced to jail time in several instances of the removal of tarps from the Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statues in Charlottesville.
Monday’s decision is the latest in the back-and-forth about the statues in Emancipation and Justice parks. The statues were covered in tarps in August as a sign of mourning for Heather Heyer, who died while counter-protesting the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally.
The tarps were torn down numerous times this winter before being ordered removed in February by Judge Richard E. Moore.
In taking the unusual step of assigning jail time for misdemeanor charges, Judge Joseph Serkes said he was emphasizing the importance of following the legal process and appealing city decisions through the courts.
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