Almost a year to the day that he burned out his truck over the Pride intersection in Delray Beach, Alexander Jerich was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of probation.

He also owes $774 in court fees.

Adjudication was withheld on his two charges, criminal mischief and reckless driving, which he pleaded guilty to back in March. That means that he will not be formally convicted of his crimes.

Rand Hoch, the president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, was disappointed to hear that Jerich received “a slap on the wrist.”

“That’s a joke. That’s a slap in the face to every LGBTQ+ person in Palm Beach County. Our justice system has failed us and I put the blame on the State Attorney’s Office, on Dave Aronberg for not handling the case properly.”

"The message being sent is 'Come on down to Palm Beach County where you can vandalize cultural memorials all you want with no consequences,'" Hoch added.

Jerich was participating in a birthday rally for former President Donald Trump last June. When the group drove through downtown Delray Beach, he was filmed burning out over the Pride intersection, which had been dedicated only two days prior. He was arrested the next day.

Delray Beach public information officer Gina Carter said the dedication was, “So full of joy. We had such a large turnout of everybody, all ages, and it was such a festive and joyous feeling and then to have that happen so soon after it was really discouraging.”

In August 2021, State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced that his office was unable to charge him with a hate crime because the victim is the city of Delray Beach, which does not have a sexual orientation. He also said the office would not be pursuing charges under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Combating Public Disorder statute.

“I was just trying to fit in, be accepted. I realize now that … those are not the people I want to be accepted by,” Jerich told the judge in March.

Jerich was originally scheduled to be sentenced in April, but after hearing from him, Judge Scott Suskauer assigned him homework — a report on each of the 49 people who were killed at Pulse in 2016. Suskauer said that Jerich “is not the individual I was expecting” after reading the police report and did not want his life ruined at such a young age.

This Saturday, the city of Delray Beach will be rededicating the intersection, which has since been fixed after Jerich paid the city $2,003 for repairs.


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