RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man must perform 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to defacing a Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia.
Media outlets report that 39-year-old Joseph Weindl of Richmond pleaded guilty Thursday to defacing a public monument. A Richmond General District Court judge suspended a 90-day jail sentence and ordered community service. Weindl also must pay $200 in restitution.
Police say Weindl spray-painted an "L'' on the base of a monument honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis on June 28.
Weindl's attorney, Daniel Watkins, said earlier this week that his client regrets the action.
Confederate symbols have been the focus of debate since the June 17 massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Authorities say the accused gunman had posed in photographs with the Confederate battle flag.