Occupy Denver: 24 protesters charged, five must post bond
Update, 5 p.m. October 15: The names of the final two Occupy Denver protesters charged after Friday night's protest have come out. Aaron Petrovich was charged with assault, while Scott Greene, the final arrest, was charged with unlawful conduct on state property and made it out of jail only this morning. As of today, Jonathan Shepard has yet to be bailed out, as a previous record of failing to appear led to an escalation in his bond rate.
The scene outside the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center earlier this afternoon was one of people throwing their pocket knives into the bushes to gain entry through security for the arraignment of the 22 Occupy Denver protesters arrested last night.
Twenty of those volunteers were charged with the offense of unlawful conduct on state property, though five were also charged with a second offense.
The arraignment began with charges for several other members of the community before moving to those in the Occupy Denver crowd. However, the vast majority of the approximately sixty people in attendance were Occupy Denver protesters grouped together to support their fellow volunteers. Amid the whispers of, "Were you there last night?" and "Do you know who they took?," it was almost impossible to hear the initial round of charges.
Many of the volunteers present were unaware of exactly how many people had been arrested in the protest last night and who many of those protesters were until their official arraignment. The dominant charge of unlawful conduct is a class-3 misdemeanor with a possible fine of $750 and a max sentence of six months in jail. But accompanying charges included the possession of under two ounces of marijuana and city charges of providing false information and obstructing a roadway.
Occupy Denver supporters gather to help their fellow volunteers post bail.
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Only five of the 22 volunteers were required to post bond, in large part because of previous offenses. Two of these included Corey Donahue, whose bail was set at $1,000, and Pat Marsden, whose bail came to $2,000. The bail for the other three, Jonathan Shepard, Charles Howe and Caryn Sadaro, was set at $750, $1,000 and $350, respectively. Afterward, the group of Occupy Denver supporters gathered outside the courthouse to discuss options to help pay the bay fees. Among them: signing on to each other's bond agreements to accept responsibility and pooling funds to assist.
Below is a list of the Occupy Denver volunteers and their charges:
1. Noah Levine, false information and obstruction of a roadway 2. Kristopher Norvell, failing to obey a lawful order 3. Jordan Brody, unlawful conduct on state property 4. Christopher Burkhardt, unlawful conduct on state property 5. Elisha Capracota, unlawful conduct on state property 6. Matthew Carlton, unlawful conduct on state property 7. Corey Donahue, unlawful conduct on state property and resisting arrest 8. Barbara Gawlowski, unlawful conduct on state property 9. Ryan Hartman, unlawful conduct on state property 10. Charles Howe, unlawful conduct on state property and resisting arrest 11. Justin Jeffries, unlawful conduct on state property 12. Kerri Kellerman, unlawful conduct on state property 13. Richard Klassen, unlawful conduct on state property 14. Scianda Long, unlawful conduct on state property 15. Vincent Lopez, unlawful conduct on state property 16. Patrick Marsden, unlawful conduct on state property 17. Tiffany Rosengrant, unlawful conduct on state property 18. Jonathan Shepard, unlawful conduct on state property and resisting arrest 19. Caryn Sodaro, unlawful conduct on state property 20. Aaron Stuckner, unlawful conduct on state property 21. Heather Turner, unlawful conduct on state property, possession or less than two ounces of marijuana 22. Matthew Velasquez, unlawful conduct on state property 23. Aaron Petrovich, assault 24. Scott Green, unlawful conduct on state property
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