Adam Kokesh sentenced to probation on drug and weapons charges (Video)

Adam Kokesh makes a video message to supporters immediately after leaving the courthouse. (WTOP/John Aaron)

WASHINGTON – Adam Kokesh, the Marine Corps veteran and activist who pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges, received a sentence of probation and time served in D.C. Superior Court.

Kokesh, the man who was seen openly carrying a shotgun in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza, will have to register as a gun offender.

“There will be certain restrictions on my rights, and I’m going to be finding out exactly what those are and consulting a lawyer about that,” Kokesh told WTOP’s John Aaron.

According to Kokesh, this means there will be restrictions on the guns he will be allowed to own.

In a 22-second video uploaded to YouTube, Kokesh stands in an empty Freedom Plaza loading a shotgun. The video is dated July 4, 2013.

In November, he pleaded guilty to three weapons charges: carrying a rifle or shotgun; an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

He also admitted to a marijuana possession charge linked to smoking the substance near the White House in June.

The rifle possession charge carried a penalty of up to five years in prison. The other firearm charges each carried the potential of up to one year, with potential fines.

The drug charge carried up to 180 days behind bars and a fine.

Kokesh had been arrested and charged with drug offenses in Fairfax County, Va., in July. He later was transferred from Fairfax County and charged in D.C. with openly carrying a shotgun in violation of D.C. laws.

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