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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A deputy clerk at Hanover’s Circuit Court who pleaded guilty to destroying court documents will not spend any time in jail.

Heather Weinstein Merolla pleaded last Friday on two misfeasor counts of maliciously destroying property in a public building. She was given a suspended jail sentence and must pay a fine.

The charges stemmed from an incident in August in which Merolla shredded papers sent to the court while at work.

The commonwealth’s attorney and sheriff’s department confirm they investigated the case, but won’t comment any further.