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(Salem, OR) -- Former Oregon State Representative Mike Nearman is pleading guilty to Official Misconduct for allowing protesters into the locked Capitol building during a special session last December. Nearman entered the guilty plea yesterday in the Marion County Superior Court. After getting inside of the building, the protesters, some armed with guns, fought with police and caused damage to the building. Nearman was sentenced to 18 months of bench probation, 80 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay 27-hundred dollars for damage to the building. He's also banned from the Oregon State Capitol and its grounds. A charge of Criminal Trespass was dismissed as part of the plea deal.

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