Portland, OR – An Antifa rioter who threw burning flares into a Portland police cruiser and a downtown Target store pleaded guilty on Monday in exchange for a five year prison sentence.
Damian Feller, pleaded guilty in court on Monday, September 25, to first-degree arson, second-degree arson, riot, and first-degree criminal mischief.
His five-year prison sentence will be formally announced at his sentencing hearing in October.
In return for the plea, he will not receive any additional prison time for federal charges, according to OregonLive.
The incident occurred at a Mayday protest in downtown Portland, when a group of about 20 Antifa members gathered. Other protesters were there, and the protest was peaceful until the Antifa group arrived.
The Antifa group vandalized property, set fires to buildings and the police cruiser, threw rocks at police officers, and even throw a can of Pepsi at a fire department medic.
Damian Feller was with that violent Antifa group. He was arrested two days later after being recognized by officers in surveillance video. Police arrested 25 people on the night of the rally.
In the video, Feller could be seen throwing a flare through a picture window at the Target, and also later hurling a flare through a Portland police cruiser. The Target window was already broken, but the cruiser’s window was not.
Angry people wearing masks and clad all in black could be seen kicking and/or hitting the windows of the cruiser seconds before Feller threw the flare inside.
Portland police detectives showed Feller a picture of the person who threw one of the flares from surveillance video, and he told them, “I saw that online, and I knew I was (expletive).”
He told the detectives that he followed the ‘mob mentality.’
Shortly after his arrest, Feller blamed his actions on his homelessness, his daily use of marijuana, and what he said was untreated bi-polar disorder. His previous criminal history appears to be minor.
On Feller’s Facebook page, there is a picture of him dressed in black and lighting what appears to be a flag. There is also a picture of a group of individuals, all wearing black and wearing masks, while smoke lingers from something that is burning.
His ‘liked’ section includes links to Super Dark Anarchist Memes, North London Anti-Fascists, Anarchist Black Shield, Anarchist Art & Propaganda, and many more Antifa groups.