Verdict reached in Howard’s Rock vandal’s trial

The Clemson fan who vandalized Howard’s Rock more than two years ago had his week in court, and will endure a far lesser punishment than he was facing based on the charges.

Micah Rogers, 20, of Pisgah Forest, N.C., was found guilty on a charge of malicious damage to personal property valued at less than $2,000 by a jury in Pickens County Courthouse Thursday. That was less than the initial charge in June 2013 of damaging property worth between $2,000 and $10,000, and far less than the since-upgraded charge of damaging property worth more than $10,000.

Rogers was found not guilty of grand larceny.

The sentence is 25 days of community service, which according to reports from within the courtroom, will take place on Saturdays this fall.

Rogers was also sentenced to 30 days jail and a $1,000 fine, but the jail time will be suspended if he pays an additional $750, per a Pickens County court spokesperson.

The trial began Tuesday, lasting three days.

Howard’s Rock remains on a pedestal atop a hill overlooking Memorial Stadium, and the tradition continues of coaches and players rubbing the rock before home games.