4 accused in 2008 RNC disruptions avoid jail

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2010 1:07 PM
4 accused in 2008 RNC disruptions avoid jail

Four people accused of trying to disrupt the 2008 Republican Convention in Minnesota have reached plea agreements that will keep them out of jail.

The four had been scheduled for trial next week on felony charges of conspiracy to riot and conspiracy to damage property.

They instead pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor charges that bring to an end the last serious charges from a convention week that included hundreds of protester arrests. They were sentenced to a mix of probation and suspended jail time if they stay out of trouble.

The four initially were part of a group that called themselves the "RNC 8," and had argued their prosecutions were politically motivated. Ramsey County Judge Teresa Warner says that wasn't the case.