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Man gets probation for driving into protest in St. Louis

Mark Colao

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis man who drove his car into a protest last year was placed on one year of probation after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 60-year-old Mark Calao pleaded guilty Thursday.

Authorities say Colao drove his car through protesters who were in a street in the city’s Grove neighborhood last August. The protest was being held after a nearby vigil to honor Kenny Herring, a transgender woman fatally shot by St. Louis police the day before the vigil.

Police have said Herring was shot after stabbing a man and attacking an officer with a knife.

Colao’s attorney said his client was scared and made poor decisions and “should have made a U-turn” instead of driving into the crowd.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch