The protesters were warned repeatedly by police that they would be committing a crime if they didn’t move, and some moved. But the 13 opted to refuse to move, and be arrested. Two pled guilty earlier; a Boise jury unanimously convicted the remaining 11 on Wednesday. Eight of them were sentenced to 25 hours each of community service. The final three asked for delays in their sentencing.
Despite the repeated warnings from police, the protesters told the court during their trial that they never intended to be arrested. Afterwards, an angry Brandi Swindell told KBCI-TV, “We have a mayor and city council prosecuting their own citizens. They are punishing us for peacefully standing up for what we believe is right.”
The protesters could have faced maximum sentences of up to 6 months in jail and up to $300 in fines for the misdemeanor offense.