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Man convicted of resisting arrest after Lakers’ championship victory

December 9, 2010 |  5:58 pm

A Los Angeles man who failed to heed police orders after the celebration of the Lakers’ NBA title victory in June was convicted Thursday of resisting arrest, city prosecutors said.

Giancarlo Quijada was sentenced to 36 months’ probation and 45 days of Caltrans work. Judge Gregory Dohi also ordered Quijada receive a four-month suspended jail sentence and found him in violation of his probation in connection with an earlier vandalism case.

Quijada was one of at least 45 people arrested June 17 outside Staples Center Arena after the victory by the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA championship. Thus far, the city attorney’s office has secured convictions against 12 people for charges including inciting a riot, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, throwing objects at a vehicle, vandalism, arson, assault on a police officer, battery, public intoxication and outstanding warrants.

The city attorney's office said Quijada was among 200 people who failed to heed police commands to immediately disperse. Prosecutors also alleged that Quijada ran from officers after throwing a rock and failed to stop after being instructed.

"Quijada continued to be combative and aggressive even after officers took him into custody," the city attorney's office said in a statement.


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