#DisruptJ20 Protester Receives Prison Sentence for Felony Rioting – DCMediaGroup – Powell was among over two hundred people arrested related to #DisruptJ20 protests on the day of President Trump’s inauguration in downtown Washington, DC. Most of those arrested and charged that day, including journalists and bystanders, were indiscriminately rounded up by police. Powell, however, was arrested the following day after he was identified by police standing outside the courthouse while waiting for other protesters to be released.
In January, he was charged with six offenses, including three counts of assault on a police officer, destruction of property and felony rioting. In April, he was hit with additional charges in a superseding indictment, including conspiracy to riot. The seriousness of the charges could have resulted in decades in prison. Powell accepted a plea deal on April 28.
His admission of guilt and being the first of the inauguration day protesters to enter into a plea deal weighed heavily in her sentencing decision, Judge Leibovitz said. She granted the prosecution’s requested length of prison sentenced and reduced the length of the requested suspended sentence by two months. The sentences would be served concurrently if he violates the conditions of the suspension.