G20 rioter sentenced to 7 months in jail

23-year-old Richard Dean Morano of Pennsylvania admitted to being part of the "black bloc"

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A 23-year-old man from Pennsylvania has been sentenced to seven months in jail for his involvement in the G20 riots.

Richard Dean Morano is one of five Americans arrested in the aftermath of the violence.

Morano had admitted to being part of the "black bloc," as well as to smashing windows and throwing a stone at a police car.

"I'm satisfied by the verdict," Det Sgt Gary Giroux, who led the G20 investigative team, tells CP24. "The offender is very young and he's never been in custody before so I think it's going to be a very long seven months for him."

Next week, two other G20 riot suspects will be sentenced - Kevin Chianella and Joel Bitar.

"They are the worst of the worst," Giroux says of Chianella and Bitar.

Giroux says Morano's sentece sends a message.

"The message is that if you want to come to Toronto and conduct yourself in a similar fashion, a criminal fashion, in this city, you'll be apprehended and you'll spend time in jail."

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  1. Richard posted on 02/03/2014 03:15 PM
    Only SEVEN MONTHS for trying to rip Toronto apart and making a mockery of Canada on the world stage?! Unless he's going to serve them chained naked to a tree in the Northwest Territories, how is that possibly a severe enough punishment?
  2. Ernie posted on 02/03/2014 03:26 PM
    How about restitution for damages? Who is supposed to pay for his antics?
    1. Jack posted on 02/03/2014 04:52 PM
      @Ernie Here's how we should do it: Starting right now, hold Morano, Chianella and Bitar responsible for one-third of the total cost of damages each. Then, for every other piece of anarchist filth they bring to the attention of the police, the cost gets further spread out among them: if each of them turns in one co-rioter, each member of the group is only responsible for one-sixth of the cost.

      Keep that up long enough, we'll have the majority of those scumbags behind bars AND the payment per "person" will be small enough that we can actually collect.
  3. Ernie posted on 02/03/2014 03:27 PM
    How about restitution for damages? Who is supposed to pay for his antics?
  4. Frankie posted on 02/03/2014 03:31 PM
    Seven months and a $ 3500 fine. What a farce! That'll encourage more protestors in future. Giroux is completely out of touch with reality if he believes this is a deterrent.
  5. dooddah posted on 02/03/2014 11:54 PM
    Still waiting for some cops to go to jail for the arrest and physical abuse of >1000 innocent people. Still waiting for a public inquiry on how democratic laws have been trampled by our cops and politicians. Still waiting for Blair & Co. to be fired, tried and penalized for power abuse.
    1. Jack posted on 02/04/2014 10:30 AM
      @dooddah Innocent? If you participate in a riot, particularly one as damaging as this, how are you POSSIBLY "innocent"?
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