On Thursday, Abraham Jenkins was sentenced to 18 months in prison on federal arson and incitement to riot charges, among others.
Authorities say Jenkins damaged Mount Pleasant and Charleston police cruisers and doused police officers with a fire extinguisher.
“The United States Attorney’s Office will always protect the First Amendment rights of the people of South Carolina,” said Acting United States Attorney DeHart. “However, when peaceful protests turn into violence and destruction, violent agitators who commit crimes will be brought to justice.”
Jenkins’ 18-month sentence will be followed by 36 months of supervised release. The federal system does not allow the possibility of parole.
Jenkins is the second person sentenced to federal prison in connection with May’s protest.