A man convicted of burning tire tracks in a gay pride streetscape in South Florida while attending a rally for former President Donald Trump last summer has been sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service.
Alexander Jerich, 20, of Lake Worth, previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and reckless driving, but a Palm Beach County circuit judge withheld arbitration at a hearing on Tuesday, meaning that Jerich will have no crime on his record if he successfully completes his internship. Prosecutors were asking for 30 days in jail, community service and five years probation.
The judge also previously ordered Jerich to write a 25-page essay about the fatal 2016 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Jerich gave the essay on the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting ahead of Tuesday’s hearing.
Jerich joined a convoy of about 30 vehicles last June on Delray Beach to celebrate Trump’s birthday, officials said. A video that quickly went viral showed a white pickup truck adorned with a Trump flag and registered to Jerich’s father’s name burning tire marks in a rainbow design painted on the road at an intersection.
Officials said the design was unveiled just a day earlier to celebrate Pride Month, which aims to promote LGBTQ rights.