A man was sentenced Monday in Iowa to up to 10 years in prison for shooting into a car full of Black teenage girls after an Iowa rally for then-President Donald Trump, injuring one girl, reports the Associated Press.
Michael McKinney, 26, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury in the Dec. 6 shooting after a rally in Des Moines near the state Capitol.
Authorities said the girls in the car and rally participants were exchanging insults when the teenagers’ car was surrounded by Trump supporters. The car backed up, hitting a pickup.
At that point, McKinney, an Army veteran who was wearing body armor and carrying several firearms, shot into the car, hitting a then-15-year-old girl in the leg. He later told police he felt he was in danger and was protecting himself, according to court records.
In a statement read to the court Monday, the girl said she believed she was going to die that day and didn’t know if she would be able to walk again, according to the Des Moines Register.
McKinney, who has been in custody since his arrest, apologized to the girl and said he used poor judgment that day.
Authorities downplayed the political and racial context of the shooting, saying it grew out of a traffic dispute. The rally was sponsored by Women for America First, the pro-Trump group that later hosted the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., before the Capitol riot.