The guy caught red-handed shooting off mortar-style fireworks at Columbus Division of Police officers last May during the George Floyd riots is headed to prison.
You heard me right—prison not community control.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft sentenced Brandon Lee Pack to prison for a minimum of eight years, a maximum of 9 ½ years. Last September, Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of felonious assault and one count of aggravated rioting, breaking and entering, and vandalism.
Witnesses produced cellphone recordings of Pack igniting the fireworks and launching them directly at police officers on the front line of a hostile mob. The high-powered explosives hit at least 21 officers. One suffered a broken foot, another hearing loss, and several others sustained burns.
Said one of the CPD officers on the front line that night: “It was scary as fuck! I watched it (firework) blow up next to us, and a piece hit a protestor in the eye. It was gnarly. I’ve been shot at and blown up in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was wild!”
Judge Cocroft’s sentence is the most severe penalty to date for anybody charged
with a crime during the late year's riots. Usually, I reserve The Sussi Seal of Approval for honoring solid businesses, but I’m making an exception. Judge Cocroft, you get The Sussi Seal of Approval for this one!