Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 46° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation

1 avoids Confederate toppling felony; other cases ongoing

Takiyah Thompson, second from left, who's accused of helping to topple a Confederate statue, speaks to reporters Tuesday as supporters hold signs in Durham, NC. Thompson is one of eight protesters charged in the toppling of the statue in Durham in August who have had their cases continued until 2018, and Thompson vows to take her case all the way to trial on charges that she climbed the ladder and attached the rope used to bring down the statue. (Jonathan Drew / AP)
Takiyah Thompson, second from left, who's accused of helping to topple a Confederate statue, speaks to reporters Tuesday as supporters hold signs in Durham, NC. Thompson is one of eight protesters charged in the toppling of the statue in Durham in August who have had their cases continued until 2018, and Thompson vows to take her case all the way to trial on charges that she climbed the ladder and attached the rope used to bring down the statue. (Jonathan Drew / AP)
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. – A protester accused of helping tear down a North Carolina Confederate statue has struck a deal to avoid a felony charge, while other defendants had their cases continued.

Durham County Judge James T. Hill said Tuesday he would allow a deferred prosecution deal for Ngoc Loan Tran on several misdemeanor property damage counts. Defense attorney Scott Holmes said the misdemeanors will be dismissed after Tran pays $1,250 in restitution and completes 100 hours of community service.

Tran was among a dozen charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of tearing down the statue of an anonymous Confederate at a Durham government building August 14. One climbed up to attach a rope, then protesters yanked it down.

Eight demonstrators had cases continued until January 11. Charges were previously dropped against three others.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox

Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.