Guilty Plea in Jackie Robinson Statue Theft; Vandal Faces 19 Years

May 12, 2024
Guilty Plea in Jackie Robinson Statue Theft; Vandal Faces 19 Years
  • Ricky Alderete, 45, has admitted to the felony theft and damage of a bronze Jackie Robinson statue in Kansas.

  • The statue was discovered damaged and discarded in a city park, with the intent of selling the metal for scrap.

  • Alderete's actions are not considered hate crimes but still carry a potential sentence of over 19 years.

  • He is also responsible for restitution, amounting to $41,500, to the youth baseball group that owned the statue.

  • The remnants of the statue have been donated to the Negro League Baseball Museum.

  • Public support has been strong, with an online fundraiser for the statue's restoration exceeding a $75,000 goal.

  • Sentencing for Alderete is set for July 1.

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