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15 years in prison for man who shot at Jamar Clark protesters

Allen Scarsella had been found guilty in February.

The man who shot at five people during protests over the death of Jamar Clark was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday.

Allen Scarsella, 25, was found guilty in February in connection with the Nov. 23, 2015, shooting outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, where demonstrators had been gathering following Clark's death.

At the time, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman called the incident a “racially motivated” attack.

During trial, Scarsella testified he went to the encampment to make fun of protesters and record video, but when protesters chased him away he felt threatened and shot at them.

Despite his self-defense claim, a jury found him guilty of all 12 counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon and riot.

MPR News reports Scarsella will have to serve at least two-thirds of the 15-year sentence in prison. The maximum sentence Scarsella could have faced was 19 years, MPR News said.

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