A White Minnesota man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting five Black Lives Matter protesters.
According to CBS News, the shooting occurred at a police precinct after Allen Scarsella, 25, and his friends got into an argument with Black Lives Matters protesters.
Scarsella was convicted in February of multiple charges, including riot and assault.
Although prosecutors had asked that Scarsella be sentenced to 20 years in prison, Scarsella was only sentenced to 15 years and two months.
“I recognize the severity of the events of November 23rd, 2015,” Scarsella said, according to the Associated Press. “I’ll live with the consequences the rest of my life.”
Scarsella had sent multiple racist messages to friends prior to the shooting. City Pages reported in January that [tweet_dis]Scarsella once told a friend they should go shooting for “when we have to shoot black guys.”[/tweet_dis]
Although Scarsella was sentenced to 15 years for shooting five black men, a study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that “more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses.Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino..” according to Democracy Now.