Man pleads guilty in summer 2020 Grand Rapids riot

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A booking photo of Sean Mulhall. (Courtesy)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has admitted his part in the riot that caused damage in downtown Grand Rapids in 2020.

Sean Patrick Mulhall, 34, pleaded guilty to a charge of riot Monday. In exchange, a charge of arson of personal property and habitual offender charge will be dropped.

Mulhall is among 22 people who were charged in the May 30, 2020, riot. Rioters smashed out the windows of dozens of buildings downtown and many businesses were looted. Several police cruisers were set on fire. The cost of the riot was estimated at more than $2 million, including property damage and costs to the city. No one was seriously injured.

Many of the riot defendants have already pleaded to the charges against them and some have been sentenced, mostly to jail, restitution and probation.

Mulhall’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27.

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