An Internet talk show host and gun rights activist was sentenced to two years probation for a political stunt on July 4 during which he loaded a shotgun in the District's Freedom Plaza.
Prosecutors had asked that 31-year-old Adam Kokesh receive a year in jail for the incident, which led authorities to charge him with felony weapons crimes. D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Broderick sentenced Kokesh Friday to probation and time he had already served while awaiting trial.
Kokesh's criminal charges stem from the videotaped stunt, which was meant as a protest of the city´s restrictive firearms laws. Carrying a firearm outside the home in the District is illegal and Kokesh pleaded guilty to carrying a rifle, possession of an unregistered firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Authorities arrested Kokesh at his Fairfax County home a few days after the video was made and posted online. He remained held at the D.C. Jail for four months until he pleaded guilty in November and was released pending his sentencing. The guilty pleas ensured that prosecutors brought no further charges against Kokesh after someone tried to sneak a cellphone to him inside the D.C. Jail.
In the sentencing report, prosecutors said Kokesh was "unremorseful for his actions" and is at a "high risk for recidivism."
It appears likely that Kokesh will resume his protest activity as he foreshadowed future political activity in a video posted to his website on Friday. The video shows him leaving D.C. Superior Court while talking about plans to move to California to resume protest efforts nationwide.
"This has been a very successful period of activism, this particular gun rights activism. I have to admit it was a little naive of me not foresee the exact consequences," Kokesh said. "It was a little more costly than I expected but it was very effective. It reached millions of people."
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