Man who threw flares into police cruiser in May Day riot sentenced to 6 years prison
PORTLAND, Ore. – A 22-year-old man was sentenced to more than six years in prison Wednesday for throwing lit road flares into a police patrol vehicle and a Target store during the May Day protest in downtown Portland.
Damion Feller previously pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, riot, and arson charges. A federal grand jury also indicted him on malicious damage by means of fire charges.
More than two dozen others were arrested during the May 1 protest that turned into a violent riot through the downtown area.
Police showed Feller a photograph of the person throwing the flares after he was arrested on May 3. According to court records, Feller told police, "I saw that online and knew I was (expletive)."
The affidavit also says Feller told detectives his actions were based on a "mob mentality."
In court on Wednesday, a judge sentenced Feller to 73 months – which is just over 6 years.
Feller was also one of six people arrested back in March at a rally for Quanice Hayes - the 17-year-old Portland boy who was shot and killed by police during a burglary investigation back in February.
* The Associated Press contributed to this article