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Virginia man pleads guilty to destroying officer’s memorial

PULASKI (AP) A Virginia man pleaded guilty on June 8 to running over a roadside memorial to a sheriff’s deputy who died in a crash, officials said.

John Logan Davidson, 21, of Dublin pleaded guilty to intentional destruction of property valued at less than $1,000, reckless driving and hit-and-run involving unattended property, The Roanoke Times reported. Davidson was placed on probation for a year and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and follow its recommendations. Davidson also must pay a $500 fine, and Judge Erin DeHart ordered his driver’s license suspended for six months.

Davidson’s attorney, Debbie Caldwell-Bono, said her client had not realized that the memorial of flowers and flags he hit was for Sgt. Perry Hodge, a Pulaski County deputy who died in January in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 11.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Cumberland outlined a plea agreement in which Davidson received a 12-month jail term for property destruction and 90 days for reckless driving. All jail time was suspended for 12 months with a requirement that Davidson stay out of trouble during that time. He’ll be supervised by the probation office, Cumberland said. A $1,000 fine was recommended on the property destruction charge, with half of it suspended.

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