Clayton, MO - Cedric James, one of three defendants who threw bricks and a tire iron at two St. Louis County police officers during the Ferguson protests, was sentenced in court on Friday, October 13.
Alford pleas are considered guilty pleas, but the defendant doesn't admit guilt but agrees that there is enough evidence to convict him or her.
He was sentenced and five years of probation after 120 days of "shock time" in jail.
Shock time is when a judge defers most of the prison sentence in favor of probation, but requires that they spend a short amount of time in incarcerated to scare them straight.
The incident occurred on November 25, 2014 at Chambers Road and Floridale Avenue, just hours after a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
James, Andrew Brady, age 27, and Korey Haulcy, age 22, threw bricks and a tire iron at St. Louis County Police Officer John Wilson and St. Louis County Police Officer Carson MacInnis.
All three suspects jumped in a car after the assaults, which was quickly surrounded by police. James, Brady, and Haulcy fled on foot, and left the driver behind.
Police allowed the driver, who was not identified, to leave but followed her for a short distance until she picked up the three men.
James, Brady, and Haulcy were then arrested, and charged with attempted assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
All three defendants lived in the same apartment complex in the 10800 block of Lookaway Drive in north St. Louis County.
Officer Wilson and Officer MacInnis were not injured although they were struck with the objects.
Brady and Haulcy pleaded not guilty at their first hearing but failed to show up for court and have outstanding warrants for their arrest.