WATERLOO — Two men charged in what authorities said amounted to a riot on College Hill in August have been found guilty of lesser charges.
Jurors sided with the defense, which argued the incident was just a fight.
Dejuan Shaquil Fox, 26, of Waterloo, and Ryder Jay Kern, 22, of Elk Run Heights, were charged with participating in a riot, an aggravated misdemeanor that carries up to two years in prison.
The defense urged the jury to return verdicts on the lesser charges of disorderly conduct, which they did Thursday following about two days of testimony.
Disorderly conduct is punishable by up to 30 days in jail. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Prosecutors said the incident started with an argument between Fox and Marquas Tyrese Gafeney in the College Street area around 11:45 p.m. Aug. 10. The matter came to blows, and at least 10 others joined in.
Police dispersed the crowd and then used videos to identify people involved in the melee. No injuries or damages were reported.
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Gafeney, 21, and nine others were also arrested on riot charges in connection with the fight.
Trial remains set for December for Gafeney; Justin Earl Boehmer, 22; Robert Lesley Boggs III, 22; and Jamell Ahmod Lanier, 18.
David Quinndale Wright Jr., 21, pleaded guilty and in September was sentenced to up to two years in prison concurrent with a probation violation.
Devonta Kershad White, 22, pleaded and in November was sentenced to one to two years’ probation.
Davion Everette Madlock, 20, pleaded and in October was sentenced to two years in prison concurrent with a probation violation.
Demond Deon Rollins, 19, pleaded and in October was sentenced to two years in prison concurrent with other charges.
Davontai Detrick Johnson, 24, pleaded and is awaiting sentencing.