Dallas activist's jail time extended to 5 years

The prison sentence for the activist who led the protest the night of the ambush on police has been extended from two years to five years for his probation violations.

Dominique Alexander has been the face of anti-police brutality protests in Dallas and preached "justice for all.”

Now, a judge levied justice for an injury to a child conviction, apparently fixing an earlier error that gave him a lighter sentence.

Court documents reveal what's happened with Dominique Alexander's case dating back to 2011. Attorney John Creusot, not involved in the case, explained an error three years ago means he'll be in prison longer than first thought.

Alexander was given five years probation in 2011 after pleading guilty to an "injury to a child" charge. By 2013, he was back in court for violating the terms. Creusot said that is when a sentencing error occurred.

"Instead of sentencing him straight to the penitentiary or continuing the probation, she gave him what's called regular probation,” the retired judge said. “She sentenced him to 10 years confinement and placed him on probation for seven years, which was a void and incorrect sentence.”

Creusot explained that should not have happened because, under the law, the judge didn’t have the authority to do that for this type of case.

Alexander disrupted and was escorted out of Dallas city council meetings twice in one day in August. Police issued a warning for trespassing then arrested him for traffic warrants.

The latest documents updated Friday morning indicate the court reconsidered the sentence on its own motion.

"We get to 2016, and the judge cuts him all kinds of slack, she's thinking, by giving him the minimum sentence -- which should've been 5 years, not 2 years,” said Creusot. “And today, it looks like it’s all corrected up to a five-year sentence."

Alexander’s attorney was not able to be reached for comment.


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