Howard’s Rock vandal found guilty; receives sentence

A vandal who damaged Clemson’s famed Howard’s Rock in June of 2013 has been convicted of malicious damage under $2,000 and will serve 25 days of community service, 12 of which must take place on Saturdays during the upcoming football season.

20-year-old Micah Rogers, who was convicted and sentenced on Thursday in connection with the crime in which a piece of the iconic rock at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium (aka Death Valley) was broken off its pedestal, managed to avoid the most serious penalties that could have landed him in prison for up to 20 years.

Rogers was initially picked up on misdemeanor charges in 2013 after he was identified by a witness and surveillance cameras caught him in the act.

The charges were later upgraded when it was determined that the damage to the rock exceeded $10,000 in value.

Police later arrested Micah Rogers’ father, Michael, and 17-year-old Alden James Gainey and charged them with felony counts of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for their alleged connection to the crime.

Howard’s Rock is located inside Clemson’s Memorial Stadium and is part of the football team’s pre-game ritual. As the team enters the stadium, each player touches the rock on his way by. The rock is named for College Football Hall of Famer Frank Howard.

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