Johnson sentenced to pay restitution, no additional jail time

MADISON, Wis. — The 29-year-old Black man whose arrest triggered protests in Madison over the summer has pleaded guilty in three cases.

Devonere Johnson pleaded guilty Monday to being a party to the crime of criminal damage to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial. He also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

According to court records, felony charges of threats to injure downtown business owners and escaping arrest were dismissed but read in.

The judge sentenced him to 30 days in the Dane County Jail for each of the three cases, and that time has already been served.

Johnson will have to pay restitution for the damage to the memorial.

He is on federal supervision for two years after pleading guilty in October to extorting a local business. At the time, he demanded free food and drinks for protesters and threatened to destroy their buildings if owners did not comply.