Local art activist Gene Elder was sentenced today to 180 days in jail, a punishment that has been probated for a year, a $250 fine and 24 hours of community service after having been found guilty of interfering with the duties of a public servant.
He was acquitted Friday on the more serious charge of resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. The conviction is the conclusion of a story that began in the summer of 2016, when Elder stopped on a July night to “bear witness” to an interaction between two Alamo Heights police officers and two teens who’d been pulled over — for riding the wrong way on Broadway on their bicycles.
Elder admittedly interfered in an “investigation” by inserting himself into the situation: He attempted to hand a business card to one of the detained teens, asking if the boy had done anything wrong.
At the sentencing portion of the trial Friday, Elder told County Court 4 Judge Jason Garrahan that he was OK with the outcome.
“I felt like I got a fair trial,” he said. “I do agree with the jurors.”
Elder said after he watched the video of the incident, caught on dash-cam and body-worn cameras, that he did indeed interfere with the officers’ duties.
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