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Six District protesters found guilty in November occupation of Franklin School

Six District residents who were part of the Occupy D.C. movement were found guilty Thursday of unlawful entry for taking over an abandoned historic building in downtown Washington that was once used as a homeless shelter.

The six entered the abandoned Franklin School at 13th and K Streets NW with signs that read “Public Property Under Community Control” as part of a protest against the city’s decision to stop using the school as a homeless shelter.

After a three-day trial, a D.C. Superior Court jury found the group, which called themselves the “Free Franklin Six,” guilty in the Nov. 19 protest. D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Broderick sentenced the defendants to five days in jail, but suspended the jail time.

The school, which opened in 1869, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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