Tyson George Billings, a key participant in the Ottawa Occupation that crippled the city for three weeks, was released from jail yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of counselling to commit mischief. The other charges he faced were withdrawn as part of a plea deal.
On top of time served, Billings has also been sentenced to six months of probation and will return to his home in Middle-of-Nowhere, Alberta. This makes him the convoy’s first major figure to plead guilty.
Dozens of people gathered outside the courthouse to catch a glimpse of the new martyr of the “Freedom Convoy”.
“I got caught up in the moment, sure, who wouldn’t? We’re all freedom fighters, everybody got caught up in the moment… I accept responsibility for the mischief charge” Billings told reporters.
Even though Billings acknowledges his crimes, he says he regrets nothing.
I mean, why would he have any regrets? Billings said that he was treated well in prison and even told reporters that his fellow inmates treated him like a celebrity. At last, he was able to get the attention he so desperately longed for.
At the protests, Billings often appeared alongside right-wing racist Pat King, a self-described organizer of the Ottawa Occupation. Fortunately, King did not have the same luck, and remains in prison.
Despite his jail sentence, Billings was able to fleece supporters for their money. He was able to raise money and sell crap related to the “freedom movement” through social media and his website thanks to outside help.
Mr. Billings was sure to make his supporters aware just how much money he needed to clean up this mess. According to him, his mommy paid his lawyer a $30,000 retainer and will be paying his child support and truck loan payments.