Trump inauguration rioter sentenced to four months

Trump inauguration rioter sentenced to four months

One of the more than 200 people facing charges for violent protests in Washington, D.C., on President Trump's Inauguration Day was sentenced by a Superior Court judge Friday to four months in prison.

Dane Powell pleaded guilty to one count of felony rioting charges and one count of assaulting a police officer. He was sentenced by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz on Friday to four months in prison.


Powell was the first defendant to plead guilty to felony charges. The sentence was more than his lawyers asked for but less than the six months sought by prosecutors, according to a report by BuzzFeed News.

Powell was seen on video breaking store windows with a black flag on a pole and hurling bricks and other debris at police officers on the day of Trump's inauguration. The riots were part of an "anti-fascist" and "anti-capitalist" march.

According to his lawyers, Powell, a 31-year-old Army veteran from Tampa, Fla., was “deeply remorseful” that people were injured, though there was no evidence tying Powell’s actions to any specific injuries suffered by Police during the protest.

So far, 15 defendants have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for the protests. Those defendants were ordered to pay fines but were not sentenced to serve jail time. Trial dates for the remaining defendants will continue through the fall and into 2018.