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1 of 2 charged in stadium banner protest pleads guilty

June 5, 2018

FILE -In this Jan. 1, 2017 file photo, protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline rappel from the catwalk after placing a banner in U.S. Bank Stadium during an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in Minneapolis. One of two people charged with misdemeanors for unfurling the banner protesting the Dakota Access pipeline from the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Karl Zimmermann Mayo, of Minneapolis, entered the plea for creating a public nuisance Monday, June 4, 2018 in Hennepin County District Court. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of two people charged with misdemeanors for unfurling a banner protesting the Dakota Access pipeline from the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Thirty-four-year-old Karl Zimmermann Mayo, of Minneapolis, entered the plea for creating a public nuisance Monday in Hennepin County District Court. Misdemeanor counts of trespassing and burglary were dismissed. The Star Tribune says he’ll serve a year of probation and perform 30 hours of community service.

The other person who climbed to the rafters to unleash the banner, 28-year-old Sen Holiday, is currently on trial after she pleaded not guilty to the same misdemeanors.

The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the $3.8 billion pipeline. Fans seated below the banner were evacuated.

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This story has been corrected to show that Sen Holiday is a woman, not a man.

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