SALEM, Ore. – Former Oregon State Representative Mike Nearman pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal misconduct on Tuesday.
On Dec. 21, 2020, Nearman allowed protesters into the state Capitol at a time when the building was closed. Once inside, the protesters – some of whom were armed – fought with law enforcement officers and damaged the building, according to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Judge Cheryl Pellegrini sentenced Nearman to a year and a half of bench probation and ordered him to complete 80 hours of community service. He will also be required to pay $2,700 in restitution for the damage the protesters caused.
Nearman is banned from the Oregon State Capitol and its grounds.
A charge of second-degree criminal trespass was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
“This plea and sentencing concludes an embarrassing and disgraceful event in our state’s history,” Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson said. “I am thankful that no members of law enforcement, or anyone else were seriously injured as a result of Mr. Nearman’s irresponsible actions. Additionally, I am grateful to the Oregon State Police for their complete and thorough investigation that led to this conviction.”
Anna Scharf was selected to replace Nearman earlier this month.