Mistrial declared for man who snapped 45M statue

center_img PHILADELPHIA — A jury is unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.Michael Rohana was attending a Christmas-themed “Ugly Sweater” party at the Franklin Institute in December 2017 when he entered a travelling exhibit featuring ancient Chinese terra cotta warrior statues.Authorities say the 25-year-old took photos while posing next to a statue known as “The Cavalryman,” then snapped off the statue’s left thumb. The vandalism outraged Chinese officials.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a jury deadlocked Tuesday on charges of theft and concealment of an object of cultural heritage. Rohana’s lawyers argued he wasn’t charged under the right law.A mistrial was declared. Prosecutors say they’ll decide by May whether to retry the case.The Associated Presslast_img read more