Amherst County woman sentenced for damaging Lynchburg statue

POSTED: 04:55 PM EST Jan 22, 2014    UPDATED: 04:59 PM EST Jan 22, 2014 
Doughboy statue in Lynchburg

The woman who damaged an iconic Lynchburg statue will have to pay for the trouble she caused.

A Lynchburg judge sentenced Jessica McCrickard to six months in jail Wednesday.  Thanks to a plea agreement, she won't serve any jail time, but she will have to pay the city $2,500 and serve 100 hours of community service.

McCrickard, a 21-year-old from Monroe, broke the bayonet off the Doughboy statue at Monument Terrace last fall and threw it in the James River.  The missing piece was later found by a State Police dive team.

Steve Bozeman, a military veteran who organizes a weekly rally at Monument Terrace and raised awareness about the Doughboy vandalism, was present for Wednesday's sentencing.  In a statement to WDBJ7, he said McCrickard has expressed remorse for the damage she caused and is trying to make amends to the people who were hurt by her actions.