Two guilty sentenced in “Silent Sam” toppling

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Published: Apr. 26, 2019 at 1:40 PM EDT
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Two people were found guilty Thursday of bringing down the Silent Sam monument at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last August while similar charges for two others were dropped.

Shawn Birchfield-Finn and Raul Jimenez were charged with misdemeanor injury to real property, injury to personal property, disorderly conduct and riot.

Judge Lunsford Long sentenced both men to 24 hours in jail, a $500 fine plus court costs and 18 months probation.

“There have to be consequences,” Long said.

Charges against Lauren Aucoin and Jonathan Fuller were dropped. According to the judge, the state did not present evidence that the two were out there the day the statue was toppled.

The Silent Sam statue, which commemorated Confederate soldiers, was erected on the university’s campus in 1913.