Two Marines arrested in May after unfurling a banner with a white supremacist slogan at a pro-confederate rally in North Carolina will not spend any time in jail.
Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning and Sgt. Michael Chesny pleaded guilty Tuesday to trespassing in connection with the May 20 incident in Graham, North Carolina, said Gabriel Diaz, a prosecutor with the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office.
Chesny and Manning faced a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail, but on Tuesday they received credit for the day they had spent in the county jail when they were arrested in May, Diaz told Marine Corps Times. They were also sentenced to pay fines and court costs.
“Justice was done, I guess,” Diaz said after Tuesday’s hearing.
Attempts to reach attorneys for Manning and Chesny on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
On May 20, Chesny and Manning were arrested after they climbed a building and unfurled a banner with the letters “YWNRU,” which reportedly stand for “You will not replace us,” the slogan for Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group founded by Marine veteran Nathan Damigo. Both men were released later that day from the Alamance County jail on $1,500 bond.
Manning has been recommended to be administratively separated from the Marine Corps but he has not appeared before an administrative separation board, according to Training and Education Command.
Chesny received administrative punishment but was not recommended for separation, said Mike Barton, a spokesman for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, where Chesny is stationed as an explosive ordnance disposal technician.