Earlier this week, the parents of Kendrick Johnson, a teenager whose body was found rolled up in a gym mat at his Georgia high school, went to court to face misdemeanor charges related to a protest in 2013.
His parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson (pictured), were convicted but won’t serve any jail time. State Court Judge Mark Mitchell initially sentenced them to 12 months in jail, but put a suspension on the sentence so that they won’t have to serve time, pay a fine, or receive probation. Five other family members were convicted along with his parents for blocking the entrance to the Lowndes County Courthouse in Valdosta, Georgia, during the 2013 protest.
The demonstration took place after Johnson’s family was upset with the sparse details that they got from investigators about what happened to their son. Read more.