A Baltimore judge has handed down a 15 year sentence to a man who participated in the riots following the death of Freddie Gray.
20-year-old Donta Betts was believed to have been one of those who started several of the fires that raged throughout the Baltimore riots, threw rocks, destroyed police cars, and looted businesses, but maintains that it was his right to commit these crimes,
“I did all this because that was my period to go wild on police.”
The judge’s sentence ensured that Betts would not be getting out of prison early as it included no possibility of parole or early release.
US Attorney Rod Rosenstein called Betts a menace to society.
“Donta Betts was a menace to society here in Baltimore.
The scope of the criminal activity he was involved in is really breathtaking.”
During the rioting, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake seemed to be publicly condoning the criminal actions of people who destroyed Baltimore communities, with her statements about giving protesters, “Space to destroy.”
After the mayor’s comments received national attention, she “clarified” them by saying something completely different,
“At the end of the day we are one Baltimore. We need to support peaceful demonstration and continue to enforce in our communities that rioting, violence, and looting will not be tolerated in our city.”
Long after the fires, started during the Baltimore riots, had died out, the officers accused of contributing to the death of Freddie Grey have been acquitted of all charges.
In fact, the highest-ranking officer in the case, Lt. Brian S. Rice, is expected to receive back pay in the amount of $126,916.
The five officers have filed a lawsuit against prosecutor Marilyn Mosbey for defamation of character and false arrest.
On the other hand, Donna Betts, the 20-year-old who received 15 years for his part in the riots, will be carrying out his sentence in a federal prison.
H/T Conservative Tribune