Charges are expected to be dropped against a disabled Marine veteran who painted a deteriorating picnic table at his Virginia apartment complex.

Mickey Triplett was charged with destruction of property for painting a picnic table at the Potomac Ridge Apartments.

“I had a 5-gallon bucket of extra paint, and I decided that it would be a nice thing,” Triplett explained. “I just knew in my heart that I meant well and not bad. This is not vandalism. This was trying to upkeep something.”

Triplett’s public defender said that prosecutors are expected to drop the charges on Monday. The vet was facing a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail for the paint job.

Management at the apartment complex has not commented on the incident.


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