Three men take plea deal, must pay to repair damages at Soldiers and Sailors monument

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CLEVELAND - Three man accused of vandalizing the Soldiers and Sailors monument downtown appeared in court on Friday for an arraignment hearing.

Ryan Thibault, Israel Harney and Michael Steele all plead guilty to charges of criminal damaging.

Police say the trio knocked down a piece of bronze while trying to climb atop the monument. The incident was caught on camera.

As part of the plea deal, the men will have to pay for repairs. That’s expected to cost about $10,000. They’ll also have to do community service and complete a diversion program.

Executive Director Tim Daley from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument Commission said he’s glad the men took responsibility for what they did and hopes they can learn from this experience.