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Cleveland woman convicted of damaging property during the May 2020 riots won’t serve time in prison

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 7:35 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 8:03 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 24-year-old Cleveland woman was sentenced to two years probation Tuesday after she was convicted of aggravated rioting, attempted aggravated burglary, vandalism, and breaking and entering for crimes committed during the May 2020 riots.

Teirrah Billups pleaded guilty on Nov. 24 in front of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shannon Gallagher.

The judge cited what she called Billups’ unlikeliness to re-offend and her mental health struggles.

The judge told Billups that if she violated the terms of her probation, Billups would serve six years in prison.

Teirrah Billups
Teirrah Billups((Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff))

Billups was involved in four separate criminal incidents at the Justice Center, Yours Truly Restaurant, and Geiger’s Clothing on Euclid Avenue, and Dollar General on East 12th Street.

As part of the plea agreement, Billups agreed to pay $2,500.00 in restitution to the restaurant Yours Truly.

During these incidents, she used a baseball bat to damage property and stole numerous items.

Prior to being sentenced, a video showing Billups swinging the bat at the Justice Center was shown in court. Video of her damaging ‘Yours Truly’ was also played.

“What you’ll see is Ms. Billups decides to break into ‘Yours Truly.’ Nobody convinced her to do it,” said Edward Brydle, Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor.

Billups was one of multiple suspects indicted for their role in the riots in downtown Cleveland.

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