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Teen charged with riot at downtown protest gets 6 months, community service

A 19-year-old who smashed car with parking cone during downtown Freddie Gray protest accepts plea deal

A teen who smashed a traffic cone through the windshield of a car during April's unrest following the death of Freddie Gray pleaded guilty Monday, agreeing to a deal that includes six months in jail and hundreds of hours of community service, prosecutors confirmed.

The plea deal for Allen Bullock, 19, was offered by Circuit Judge Charles Peters and calls for a 12-year prison sentence, with all but six months suspended. He will be placed on five years' probation after serving that term, during which time he has agreed to complete 400 hours of community service and earn a high school equivalency certificate, or GED.

Prosecutors had sought more than nine years in prison for Bullock.

"They wanted to make an example out of him," said Bullock's attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon. "They started out with the $500,000 bail, then continued on to these types of plea offers that were really unacceptable. They force you to go to trial, and trial may not be the best place to resolve this matter."

Bullock was charged with rioting, destruction of property, disorderly conduct and other counts in connection with the April 25 downtown protest that turned destructive.

Images of Bullock, among others, standing on the hood of a vehicle and smashing the windshield became one of the indelible images of the unrest, which two days later escalated into wider rioting.

His bail amount also called attention to disparities in the bail system. While Bullock turned himself in, his bail amount was higher than those faced by the officers charged in Gray's arrest and death, including one who faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Bullock will be sentenced formally March 29.

Gordon said Bullock was remorseful about the incident.

"He was personal friends with Freddie Gray. He was young, he got caught up in his own emotions," Gordon said. "We're looking for more organized and structured ways to express himself."

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