Man who toppled Christopher Columbus statue in June sentenced to 4 to 9 years in prison

Dec 10, 2021 396

BY: Ty Lohr

A man convicted of knocking over the Christopher Columbus bust at the Lancaster County Courthouse and shattering a glass door pane at the courthouse's Duke Street entrance in June will spend up to nine years in prison, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. Francisco Rodriguez Jr., 34, who police said was homeless when they initially charged him, was sentenced on Dec. 1, the district attorney's office said. 

Police charged Rodriguez in July, about a week after the vandalism. He pleaded guilty to three separate counts of institutional vandalism − one felony and two misdemeanors − and two misdemeanor counts of possessing an instrument of a crime, according to the district attorney's office. 

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