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'Bored at home' protester pleads guilty to possessing gun

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 17:29:35-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Janesville man who said he came to Madison to watch protests because he was bored at home has pleaded guilty to possessing a gun after a felony conviction.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that 29-year-old Kyle C. Olson was arrested on May 31, at a time in which peaceful protests targeting police brutality were followed by vandalism and other damage, Olson told a judge he drove up from Janesville because he was sick of quarantining because of COVID-19.

Olson's lawyer says police did not know until after they arrested Olson that he was not allowed to possess a firearm, so they did not have probable cause to arrest him.

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