Two men, Melvin Southerland, and Josh Hill, plead guilty to domestic abuse in a North Carolina court. Guildford County District Court Judge Mark Cummings gave them each the option of serving 15 days in jail, or standing outside the courthouse carrying signs that read, "This is the face of domestic violence." Both chose to carry the signs.
Fox 8 News interviewed the men as they began their sentences on Wednesday. Both deny having committed any acts of violence, and say they pled guilty so they could get out of jail and put the episode behind them. Hill told reporters, “My friends now think I beat on women. And I don't."
WFMY News reports that Hill was accused of placing “his arm about the victim's neck" and pushing her.
Southerland says he chose to stand in front of the courthouse because he is studying for his associate’s degree and didn’t want to miss class. The conditions of this sentence demand he remain outside the courthouse from 8:30am to 12:30pm for three days, while Hill got seven.
"It's pure hell, that's what it's like," said Southerland, "It's hell, it's embarrassment.”
Though Hill still doesn’t admit to committnig any crime, he says this experience has taught him a lesson.
“I won't be in anymore confrontations,” he told WFMY, “Just... walk away."