Girl Facing Up To 15 Years in Jail After Facebook Posts
Opinion| Steven Ahle| It takes a special kind of stupid to commit a felony and then brag about it on Facebook for everyone to see.
Especially when we see the same thing over and over again.
Alexandria “Ally” Lyons of Grand Rapids was arrested after she posted a video showing her allegedly goading other protesters to damage and loot buildings in Grand Rapids.
Someone must have reported her for what she posted and the police were able to track her down and make the arrest.
The riots saw over 100 businesses get damaged. She has been charged with the malicious destruction of a building (between $1,000 and $20,000) in one case and inciting a riot.
If found guilty on both counts she could be facing 15 years in prison.
Grand Rapids police Detective Matt DeJong wrote:
“Defendant could be heard telling her friends to get her a gold bracelet because she already has silver ones.”
“She is heard multiple times encouraging her friends and others to throw bricks or other objects at windows of multiple businesses downtown and at one point picks up a brick herself and mentions heading ‘back to the courthouse.’”
In one video, Lyons allegedly instructed her friends to break into an ATM.
Lyons shared footage of her having a party at her house, where she was reportedly seen wearing stolen clothing from F. David Barney Clothiers.
Police tracked Lyons down after receiving numerous tips and people sharing social media posts of her looting and destroying businesses.
At 22, Alexandria N. Lyons already has a robust criminal history. She is now charged with riot – inticing, for a weekend melee in downtown Grand Rapids that left scores of businesses and government buildings trashed. She’s facing a 10-year felony. Bond was set at $40,000. @wzzm13 pic.twitter.com/Ccd1KzFJ3P
— John Hogan (@JohnHoganWZZM) June 2, 2020
Lyons faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges. The inciting a riot charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and the malicious destruction of property is punishable for up to five years. Lyons was arraigned on Tuesday at the Grand Rapids District Court, and is being held on a $40,000 bond.
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