Allen Scarsella, 25, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison forin 2015.
Scarsella and some friends were targeting protesters in Minnesota after the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by a police officer. He was convicted of one dozen felony counts of assault and rioting earlier in February.
Prosecutors sought the maximum sentence for Scarsella, despite the defense claiming Scarsella was acting out of self-defense and was regretful of his actions. Hennepin County defense attorney Laura Heinrich also claimed Scarsella was “naïve” at the time and did not comprehend what life was like for black people on the north side of Minneapolis.
Heinrich also argued that then-22-year-old Scarsella may not have had a fully developed brain at the time he put on a mask and shot five people while live streaming the incident. Scarsella has been in county jail for nearly 18 months.
“The fact that others were injured because of something I did weighs heavily on my heart every day,” Scarsella told Judge Hilary Lindell Caligiuri. “The incident touched so many lives and everybody who was involved is now worse off for it.”
Despite Scarsella’s pleas for probation, Judge Lindell Caligiuri sentenced him to 15 years in prison out of a possible 20-year maximum.
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