Today, McMillan will be sentenced for assaulting an NYPD police officer Grantley Bovell during a March 17, 2012, Occupy Wall Street anniversary protest at Zuccotti Park. She faces anything from probation to seven years in prison.
McMillan defends she was willingly leaving the park and only elbowed the officer after he grabbed her right breast from behind.
In the end, the prosecution claimed McMillan didn’t have any bruises and a Manhattan jury of eight women and four men unanimously convicted her of felony assault against the police officer. But in an odd turn of events since her conviction, nine of the twelve jurors later wrote a letter to Judge Ronald Zweibel, urging him to forgo imprisoning the activist after learning she could face up to seven years behind bars. A letter-writing campaign to Judge Zweibel spearheaded by The Voice Project and Pussy Riot also encourages a lenient sentencing for McMillian.
Mashable had a rare opportunity to speak briefly via phone with McMillan as she waits trial at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. We discussed her personal ideology, standing up for what you believe in and her future beyond prison:
Q: What are you expecting on Monday (today) and what are you prepared for?
A: Two years in prison.
Q: How does that make you feel?
A: Um, I’m not even really sure the word (inaudible) applies to me anymore.