Thrown brick at North Carolina protest results in prison term
Published 7:58 am Wednesday, September 15, 2021
A North Carolina man who threw a brick through a courthouse window during a protest related to George Floyd’s death has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.
Alexander Pridgen of Greenville was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison at a hearing Monday in federal court in New Bern. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release – including three months of home confinement – and ordered to make restitution
He pleaded guilty to destruction of government property and possessing a firearm while under indictment.
Prosecutors say Pridgen participated in a May 2020 protest in Greenville related to the death of Floyd.
Pridgen admitted as part of a plea agreement that he threw a brick through a first-floor window of a federal bankruptcy court, causing $1,000 in damage.
While under indictment, Pridgen attended a party while possessing a stolen firearm. The weapon accidentally discharged and struck another partygoer, prosecutors said.