Lynchburg man gets 18 months in prison for inciting a riot at Fifth and Federal in 2020

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A man who pleaded guilty to inciting a riot during a protest at a Lynchburg restaurant in May 2020 is heading to prison for 18 months.

The Lynchburg Police Department says several hours of peaceful protests near the Fifth and Federal roundabout on May 31, 2020 turned violent after protesters heard a loud bang in the area.

After watching hours of video evidence, detectives confirmed the loud bang came from a person throwing a powerful firecracker under a car.

Not only was the restaurant damaged in the riot, but several officers were hurt.

Police announced on Aug. 6., 2020 that they arrested Edwin Kyle Demerly for throwing an explosive and inciting a riot.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, court records say Demerly was sentenced by the Lynchburg Circuit Court to seven years in prison, with five years and six months of that sentence suspended. Demerly will also be on probation for two years.

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