Man charged with tearing down Columbus statue outside Minnesota Capitol agrees to community service to avoid trial

The man charged with tearing down the Christopher Columbus statue outside the Minnesota Capitol in June agreed to community service on Monday to avoid a criminal trial.

During a hearing Monday morning, Michael Anthony Forcia and Ramsey County prosecutors agreed to a deal: Forcia will do 100 hours of community service for his role in tearing down the statue.

New Brighton man charged with tearing down, damaging Columbus statue in June

He was charged with first-degree damage to property, which could carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both. With the deal, that charge against him will be suspended.

The state estimated the total cost to repair the statue to be over $154,000.