On Jan. 17, libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh was sentenced by D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Broderick to time served and two years probation. He will also have to register as a gun offender.
Kokesh was imprisoned after a raid on his home following an act of civil disobedience on July 4 in which he loaded a shotgun in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., which violated several gun control laws. He spent nearly four months in jail following his arrest, but was released in November following guilty pleas to charges of carrying a rifle, possession of an unregistered firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. Kokesh had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges. In a separate case, Kokesh pleaded guilty to marijuana possession. Kokesh had been facing more than seven years in prison on all of the charges.
Prosecutors sought a one-year jail term in the case, but the judge suspended that time in favor of probation and time served because Kokesh obeyed her instructions since his release in November. In the sentencing report, prosecutors said Kokesh was “unremorseful for his actions” and is at a “high risk for recidivism.”
“I protest because I believe it is everyone's right,” Kokesh said of his activities at his sentencing. “I made an error in judgment. I am here because I take responsibility. I will be happy to refrain from civil disobedience.”
Kokesh also released a video statement following the hearing, saying in part, “This has been a very successful period of activism, this particular gun rights activism. I have to admit it was a little naive of me not foresee the exact consequences. It was a little more costly than I expected but it was very effective. It reached millions of people.”