The skateboarder who has been locked up for nine months since being caught on tape whacking a park ranger with his skateboard officially pleaded guilty today and became immediately eligible for parole.
Curtis Tanner, 20, pleaded guilty to simple assault for the violent encounter on August 15, 2014, which was caught on cell phone video and went viral.
Tanner apologized to the park ranger and to the city of Philadelphia at his sentencing hearing.
He was sentenced to a sentence of time served to 23 months, which means he remained incarcerated after sentencing but could immediately pursue parole. He was also sentenced to two years' probation with mandatory anger management.
"He has served 280 days on this case," said prosecutor Samuel Haaz, who handled the case. "That's pretty substantial."
Tanner, of Pottstown, was originally charged with aggravated assault because he attacked a city employee.
Erron Williams, the park ranger who Tanner is seen attacking in the video, did not sustain serious injuries or require medical attention during the attack.
Williams testified in a preliminary hearing that he peacefully asked Tanner and his friends to disperse, as skateboarding is forbidden in LOVE Park.
Tanner responded by beating him, kicking him and spitting on him, he testified. He stated during that hearing that he did not fight back and was completely non-violent through the encounter.
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