Man who removed C’ville slave auction marker defends actions

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The man accused of stealing a slave auction block plaque in Charlottesville is defending his actions.

Richard Allan III, 74, is facing two felonies including possession of burglary tools and grand larceny.

He says he is ready to serve time in jail if convicted, but he will fight one of the consequences that come with being a convicted felon.

“If I have access to materials to write with, I’ll write to the Governor immediately and ask that my felony be nolle prossed in terms of my voting rights.”

Richard Allan III

The term nolle prossed means to discontinue or drop the case.

Allan appeared in court Thursday where he confessed to prying the plaque from the sidewalk.

He says having the plaque on the ground was an insult to the memory of enslaved people.

If convicted, he faces up to 21 years in prison.

Allan is due back in court on March 12.


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