Woman faces possible life in prison after allegedly buying paint for BLM protest
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A woman who allegedly pushed a police officer and bought red paint for a Black Lives Matter protest could face up to life in prison after Utah authorities charged her under a law meant to punish gang members. “This is so far beyond just the enforcement of the law, it feels retaliatory,” said Madalena McNeil, who is facing a potential life sentence if convicted of felony criminal mischief and riot charges. Prosecutors say the charges are worthy of a gang enhancement, which allows them to increase the punishment if McNeil is found guilty. They argued in court documents Wednesday that protesters worked together to cause thousands of dollars in damage during an anti-racism protest in Salt Lake City last month.