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1 of 2 charged in stadium banner protest pleads guilty

June 5, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of two people charged with misdemeanors for unfurling a banner from the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game to protest the Dakota Access pipeline has pleaded guilty and has been placed on probation.

Thirty-four-year-old Karl Zimmermann Mayo, of Minneapolis, entered the plea of 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 man who climbed to the rafters to unleash the banner, 28-year-old Sen Holiday, is currently on trial after pleading 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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