Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 26-year-old Marquise Love received a 20-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to assault in the third degree and felony riot after a plea deal was reached in the case.
The shocking assault was caught on camera in Portland and viewed hundreds of thousands of times. The viral video shows a group of people who had committed several assaults on unknown persons who then turned their attention to the victim in this case. The victim got in his truck and sped away in an attempt to evade the mob.
The group was following closely behind the truck the victim managed to get several blocks before crashing into a light pole. The video shows a large group of people approach the man, and when he got out of the truck, they shoved him down and assaulted him. The video then shows Love kicking the victim in the face while he’s sitting on the ground, which knocks him unconscious.
According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, Love pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree and felony riot. He admitted that he and another person caused physical injury to the victim and that he and others engaged in tumultuous and violent conduct that “created a grave risk of causing public harm,” according to a press release from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.
“The video of this assault is violent and shocking. It outraged our community and nation. We are fortunate that the victim’s injuries were not as severe as it first appeared they might have been,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. “In the days, weeks and months after this assault, detectives with the Portland Police Bureau worked quickly to identify the suspect and complete the investigation. This is a proper resolution. Marquise Love is accepting responsibility for his actions and the punishment.”
According to the DA, love expressed genuine remorse, apologized to the victim, and wished him a speedy recovery.
The statement from Schmit goes on to state that Marquise, “Love turned himself into the Portland Police Bureau on August 21, 2020, and remained in custody during the pendency of the case and agreed not to seek release or a bail reduction. Through his criminal defense attorneys, he expressed immediate regret and remained committed to resolving this case by cooperating with the investigation and prosecution.”
Love will also be on 36 months of probation, and if he violates probation, he could receive an additional 19-20 months in prison.
He also must participate in an alcohol abuse evaluation and comply with any recommended treatment.