American G20 protester sentenced to seven months

Richard Morano, with a chair, attacks a Starbucks during the G20 in June 2010. Photo shown during...

Richard Morano, with a chair, attacks a Starbucks during the G20 in June 2010. Photo shown during Crown sentencing from his vandalism trial in Toronto.

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

TORONTO — An American Black Bloc protester who swarmed a police cruiser and trashed several stores during Toronto’s G20 riots was sentenced Monday to seven months in jail.

Justice Marvin Zuker also ordered Richard Dean Morano to pay $3,500 as a reparation for the damage he caused at the summit in June 2010.

Zuker said Morano, 23, has already been stigmatized by his conviction and the widespread use of the information via the Internet will put him in a “virtual” jail.

“A public charge, trial and conviction for a serious offence brands a person for life, constitutes serious punishment, and is an important part of the way society brings offenders to account for their misconduct,” said the judge.

Morano pleaded guilty last November to five counts of public mischief and one charge of mischief for endangering the life of employees at a Toronto clothing outlet, where he smashed windows.


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