Portland, OR – A member of antifa who cracked another man over the head with an expandable baton during a June protest in downtown Portland was sentenced to almost six years in prison on Friday.
Gage Halupowski, 23, was one of the black-masked antifa who were captured on video as they attacked an elderly man who walked through the area during a violent protest on June 29.
The video, posted by Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong, showed a group of thugs grabbing an elderly man with white hair and beating him with a crowbar and spraying him with mace.
A big man in a black shirt with a red beard – later identified as Adam Kelly – tried to intervene but antifa members beat the good Samaritan as well, striking him over the head before they sprayed him with mace as well, the video showed.
But Kelly did not give up on helping the elderly man.
The video showed the big bleeding man heading over to help the elderly man but then he was attacked again by masked antifa, who shoved him away and up onto the sidewalk, where they sprayed him again from an industrial-sized can of mace.
Kelly was taken to the hospital after the attack and doctors used 25 stitches and staples to close the bloody gashes on his head.
The probable cause affidavit said that Halupowski was one of many antifa involved in the fight at Pioneer Courthouse Square, The Oregonian reported.
The affidavit said an officer saw Halupowski run up behind Kelly and strike him on the head with an expandable baton.
Police said that when another officer tried to arrest Halupowski, he punched her in the arm and ran away, The Oregonian reported.
A grand jury indicted Halupowski in July on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault of a public safety officer, and interfering with a peace officer.
On Friday, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 70 months in prison under an agreement with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, The Oregonian reported.
Halupowski’s attorney, Edward Kroll, called his client’s attack on Kelly “a really terrible decision” but complained that he’d gotten an extraordinarily long sentence for a young person who wasn’t a prior offender.
Kroll said that the fact the attack was caught on video, combined with Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing for certain crimes with no possibility for reduction in sentence, meant that Halupowski had little choice but to accept a plea deal, The Oregonian reported.
But Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero pointed out that Halupowski, who was initially charged with first-degree assault and rioting, had not been sentenced to nearly as long as he could have been had he gone to trial.
Also, the district attorney dropped additional charges of unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault of a public safety officer, and interfering with a peace officer as part of Halupowski’s plea deal, The Oregonian reported.
Marrero said Halupowski’s attack on Kelly with a collapsible baton was “completely unexplainable, completely avoidable, and didn’t need to happen.”