Men Who Tampered With C'ville Confederate Statue Tarps Receive Jail Time
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Two men previously convicted for tampering with the tarps that had covered two confederate statues in Charlottesville were back in front of a judge Thursday afternoon as they appealed their cases.
Brian Roland Lambert and Christopher James Wayne are each going to be serving 55 days in jail. Lambert was found guilty on two counts of destruction of property and two counts of trespassing on the parks in Charlottesville.
While the defense asked that all jail time be suspended, the judge elected not to do so due to high tensions around illegal removal of the tarps. Wayne was initially sentenced to 45 days of jail time for two counts of aggravated trespassing.
When he was being led out of the courtroom, Wayne yelled an expletive and was brought back into the court. He was then found in contempt of court and 10 additional days were added to his sentence.
Those tarps had covered the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues to mourn the people killed during the racial violence of August 2017. Those tarps have since been removed.