SACRAMENTO (AP) — A man charged with hitting Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a coconut cream pie has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of assaulting a public official.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge on Thursday also denied Sean Thompson’s motion to have his felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor.
He also faces a misdemeanor charge of battery on school property when his trial begins Jan. 7.
Attorney Claire White says she’s disappointed her 32-year-old client faces a felony for what she says was “very clearly an act of political speech.”
White says Thompson will use the trial as a forum to discuss Sacramento’s lack of progress in helping homeless residents.
He’s charged with pushing the pie in Johnson’s face in September. Johnson then punched Thompson.