Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Aguilar, who was accused of slapping a President Trump supporter twice during a Make America Great Again rally in Orange County, California, on March 25, 2017, was convicted on Wednesday, Aug. 14, prosecutors said.
Accordingly, the woman —who protested against the rally—was charged with one misdemeanor count of battery. Aguilar had been charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery, but one of those was dismissed July 10 of last year, according to court records.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated that Aguilar was sentenced to 20 days in jail, 10 days in community service, and three years of probation. Prosecutors said Aguilar’s jail sentence will be dropped if she completes community service.
Orange District Attorney Todd Spitzer said the department does not condone random acts of violence and protects the right to protest for everyone. The act of violence against someone just because they don’t agree with their views will be brought to trial.
“If someone chooses to commit violence, they will be prosecuted,” he said.
The Orange County Register reported that about 2,000 people gathered for the “Make America Great Again” rally on March 25, 2017. The event drew some protesters and violence broke out.
Three of the counter-protesters were charged with felonies for allegedly spraying pepper spray at President Trump supporters.