When it comes to painting the Jefferson Davis monument Joseph Weindl admits his guilt.
"It felt right at the time but not much longer afterward," said Weindl. He says he was inspired by the person who tagged the monument with "Black Lives Matter" just a couple of days earlier. But Weindl makes it clear-- he is no way associated with them.
He says goal was to keep the dialogue going about the Confederate monuments.
"I took the lazy way out of trying to get peoples attention." Weindl says.
Weindl pleaded guilty to the charge of misdemeanor destruction of property. He'll have to pay $200 in restitution and will be on probation for three years.
He says all this has all been a learning experience.
"If I feel passionately about something go about making change the right way," he said.
Weindl apologizes for what he did but he does still believe the civil war monuments need to go.
"We moved the statue of liberty all the way across the Atlantic ocean 130 years ago. I'm pretty sure we can figure out a way to move these monuments someplace else." he said.
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