A Richmond man pleaded guilty Wednesday to defacing the Jefferson Davis statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.
Joseph Weindl, 39, pleaded guilty to defacing a public monument. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service; 90 days in jail, all suspended, and was ordered to pay $200 in restitution, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Weindl, a food service worker, was arrested earlier in the week after city police tracked him down through descriptions provided by witnesses.
Police responded to a report last Friday that the letter “L” had been painted on the century-old statue in the 2500 block of Monument Avenue.
The “L” was intended to denote that Davis was a loser, according to Facebook posts by Weindl, who has since called his actions both inappropriate and misguided.
In the postings Sunday night, Weindl apologized but added that Monument Avenue should be torn down.
“What I regret is that I took the easy way to spread the message I had hoped people would hear,” he wrote.
No arrests have been made in a separate act of vandalism where the words “Black Lives Matter” were painted on the statue.
No damage has been done to date to other statues along Monument Avenue dedicated to Confederate soldiers Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, Robert E. Lee or Matthew Fontaine Maury. A statue dedicated to the memory of Arthur Ashe also hasn’t been touched.
The defacement of Davis’ statue was part of the spectrum of reactions in Richmond and across the country to the mass shootings that took place in Charleston, South Carolina last month at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The shootings left nine people dead and many mourning across the country. Authorities say the accused gunman had posed in photographs with the Confederate battle flag.