Orlando Shalrocko King, the North Charleston man who livestreamed himself amid destructive crowds on King Street May 30, 2020, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, prosecutors said Tuesday.
King, 32, pleaded guilty to unlawful travel to incite destructive riots and a separate charge of possession of a firearm by a prohibited felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina. The sentence from U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also includes 36 months of supervised release.
The May 30 violence and destruction on King Street followed a day of protests by peaceful demonstrators downtown over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis six days earlier. Floyd’s killing was just one example of police violence against unarmed Black men.
Facebook Live videos by King circulated quickly after the events on May 30, which saw shattered windows and fires set inside businesses. U.S. Attorneys wrote “King filmed, narrated, and livestreamed” his activities, including stealing a six-pack of Angry Orchard cider from a corner store that was being looted.
King’s gun charge came from a separate April 25, 2020 Facebook livestream where prosecutors said North Charleston police recognized him from a video that reportedly showed him firing a gun outside a driver’s side car window. Police found King armed with a pistol when he was put in handcuffs for questioning.
King previously served nine years in the South Carolina correctional system stemming from offenses when he was a teenager, according to filings from defense attorney Chris Adams, stripping him of his right to possess firearms. Still awaiting trial on the April charge, King was out on bond when Charleston County officers arrested him in June, a factor Adams wrote may have influenced the decision to prosecute his client in federal court.
Acting U.S. Attorney Rhett DeHart said “last summer’s riots were a dark day in Charleston’s history,” and that King’s federal prison sentence “sends a message.”
King is the fourth of six people to be sentenced on federal charges stemming from the May 30 violence on King Street and in Columbia, S.C.