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RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The driver of a pickup truck that drove through a crowd of protesters in Reno last October did not receive any jail time after pleading guilty to provoking assault.
Court records show that Nicholas Mahaffey changed his original plea of not guilty and was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and anger management counseling. He could face 180 days in jail if he breaks any laws in the next two years.
Mahaffey was recorded on social media in October driving a pickup truck through a crowd of protesters under the Reno Arch on Monday, Oct. 10. Five people reported injuries, and one required hospitalization.
People had gathered that night to advocate for changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Some accused Mahaffey of committing a hate crime, saying he made disparaging comments to protesters earlier that day.
“I believe it was premeditated hate crime from what his remarks were,” said Raquel Arthur, president of the Northern Nevada chapter of the American Indian Movement, told News 4 in October.
Three days after the incident, the Reno Police Department issued arrest warrants for Mahaffey on suspicion of provoking assault and for two protesters on suspicion of battery.
One protester was sentenced to 10 days in Washoe County Jail, while the other was sentenced to community service, court records show.
Police Chief Jason Soto said in October Mahaffey attended the protest earlier that day and drove past the demonstrators while shouting expletives.
Some of the demonstrators blocked the truck, and both Mahaffey and the passenger were punched, he said at a press conference, showing video of them getting hit.