Rob Shimshock, DCNF
A Houston man was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine, after trying to blow up a Confederate statue.
Andrew Schneck attempted to destroy a monument of Confederate Lt. Richard Dowling in August 2017, following the Unite the Right rally, reported AP. Dowling’s unit repelled a Union invasion during the 1863 Battle of Sabine Pass during the Civil War.
A park ranger found the 26-year-old man with duct tape, two boxes of wires and a liquid explosive near the statue in Houston’s Hermann Park. Schneck pleaded guilty to attempting malicious damage to property that received federal funding.
The man could have received up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
While the Dowling statue survived others have not proven so lucky. A North Carolinian judge dropped felony charges against seven people accused of toppling a Durham Confederate statue in August 2017.
State and local governments have removed110 or more Confederate monuments since Dylann Roof’s 2015 Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. More than 1,700 of the statues remain in the United States, but that number could hit zero in 50 years if the current rate remains the same.
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