While we saw countless shocking and clearly criminal incidents throughout the summer of rioting in Portland, Oregon, one incident in particular seemed to stand out: a man was pulled from a truck, beaten, and kicked in the head, resulting in him being knocked unconscious.
One of the perpetrators of that gruesome assault is now facing the consequences of his violent behavior. According to Just the News, 26-year-old Marquise Love has been sentenced to 20 months behind bars.
The sentence was handed down after Love pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault and one count of felony riot, Just the News reported.
Gruesome assault caught on video
The Oregonian reports that the incident took place on Aug. 16 after the victim, Adam Haner, drew the ire of anti-police protesters. After crashing his truck while trying to flee, Haner was physically assaulted and restrained by a group of protesters — all of which was caught on video.
As Haner sat dazed on the ground following the initial assault — for which no other individual was charged — Love ran up toward Haner from behind and let loose a roundhouse kick that connected with Haner’s face and slammed his head back into the pavement, knocking him out instantly.
Haner was hospitalized for several days and a manhunt ensued for Love, who turned himself in later that week, according to reports.
The 26-year-old has been held in jail ever since, and was reportedly cooperative with law enforcement and expressed remorse for what he had done.
A proper resolution?
The news of Love’s guilty plea and subsequent sentencing was first announced in a press release Monday by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
“The video of this assault is violent and shocking,” Schmidt said. “It outraged our community and nation. We are fortunate that the victim’s injuries were not as severe as it first appeared they may have been.”
He went on: “In the days, weeks and months after this assault, detectives with the Portland Police Bureau worked quickly to identify the suspect and complete the investigation. This is a proper resolution. Marquise Love is accepting responsibility for his actions and the punishment.”
In addition to the 20-month prison sentence, Love will also serve 36 months of probation upon his release, and any violation of his probation could net him another 19 to 20 months behind bars, the district attorney’s release said. Love was also ordered to participate in an alcohol abuse program and abide by any recommended treatment.
Considering that Love could have killed or permanently and severely injured Haner with this brutal assault, the punishment, frankly, seems a little light.