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Man whose arrest sparked Wisconsin protest pleads guilty

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 14:38:41-05

MADISON  — A man whose arrest last summer ignited a violent protest in downtown Madison has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors and has been sentenced to time already spent behind bars.

Twenty-nine-year-old Devonere Johnson entered the pleas Monday to resisting arrest, criminal damage to property and two counts of disorderly conduct in a plea deal with the Dane County district attorney.

Johnson didn’t make a statement in court Monday, but said at an earlier hearing that he had learned self-control during his time in jail.

Johnson’s arrest sparked a protest during which two statues on the Capitol grounds were toppled, an attempt to burn the City-County Building was made and a state senator was assaulted.

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