NEW YORK (AP) — Eight protesters with Occupy Wall Street have been convicted of misdemeanor trespassing for entering a lot owned by Trinity Church a month after the Zucotti Park encampment was dismantled.
A judge in state Supreme Court in Manhattan found the protesters guilty Monday after a week-long bench trial. One of the defendants was also convicted of two other misdemeanors, attempted criminal mischief and attempted criminal possession of burglar’s tools.READ MORE: 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Wins Big As Broadway Celebrates The 74th Annual Tony Awards
The defendants had been charged after a Dec. 17 incident when protesters scaled a chain-link fence or crawled under it to get to a lot to use it as a new camp site.READ MORE: Police Seize 7 Vans Allegedly Used As Airbnb Rentals In Manhattan
The original camp in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan was shut down in November. Protesters had wanted church officials to let them occupy the church-owned property but were refused.MORE NEWS: Woman Accused Of Telling Black Couple At Brooklyn Dog Park, 'Stay In Your Hood'
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