Ex-lawmaker who let protesters in OR Capitol gets probation

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon lawmaker who was expelled for letting violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol has pleaded guilty to one count of official misconduct.

The Statesman Journal reports that Mike Nearman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months probation, during which he will need to complete 80 hours of community service and is banned from the Capitol building and grounds.

He will also pay $200 in court fees and $2,700 to the Oregon Legislative Administration for damages done during the Dec. 21 riot.

Last month Nearman, a Republican from Polk County, became the first member of the Oregon House to be expelled in its 160-year history.

The House voted 59-1 to remove him from the Legislature for disorderly behavior.

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