Dane Powell is the first rioter from the Trump inauguration to be tried for his crimes and he confessed to many crimes as he plea bargained himself to two charges down from fourteen. Powell should have been sentenced to a much longer sentence instead of the four months he did receive, but it might make it easier to convict others after he confessed to their actions.
Chickens have finally come home to roost.
The first protestor (read: rioter) from Trump’s inauguration has been sentenced to four months in jail.
Dane Powell will serve four months followed by two months of probation after being convicted of a felony rioting charge and assaulting a police officer during the President’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington.
Powell, who faced 14 charges, pleaded guilty to charges of felony rioting and felony assault on a police officer.
He told prosecutors he broke windows and threw “a brick, large rock, or piece of concrete at uniformed law enforcement,” WTOP reported. The U.S. attorney’s office for D.C. said in a statement that Powell “admitted being part of a group of rioters who moved approximately 16 blocks over a period of more than 30 minutes.”
“The group formed a ‘black bloc’ in which individual defendants wore black or dark colored clothing, gloves, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, gas masks, goggles, helmets, hoodies, and other face-concealing and face-protecting items to conceal their identities in an effort to prevent law enforcement from being able to identify the individual perpetrators of violence or property damage. Some of the members of the black bloc were armed with hammers, crowbars, wooden sticks, and other weapons.”