On Monday, Pima County Superior Court Judge Gus Aragon sentenced RT America’s Boom Bust host, Daniel Brito, to 12 days in the Pima County jail and three years probation for assaulting a Trump supporter, Jonathan Sparks. Brito attacked Sparks for wearing a “MAGA” hat on November 3, 2018.
On October 7, 2019, Brito entered a plea of guilty to the crimes of Theft By Control, a Class Six Undesignated Offense, and Aggravated Assault On An Incapacitated Victim.
Daniel Brito is the co-host of Boom Bust, a global, daily, live report covering the world of business and finance, produced by RT America.
Despite the fact that Brito is a international television personality, on May 6, 2019, Judge Aragon found Brito to be “indigent and qualifies for court appointed counsel.” Judge Aragon appointed the head of the Pima County Public Defender’s Office, Joel Feinman, to represent Brito.
According to both parties, Sparks was attacked from behind as he wore a Make America Great Again hat and held a pro-Republican sign, Vote Jobs not Mobs – Vote Republican, in downtown Tucson. The hat was grabbed from Sparks from behind and when he tried to retrieve it Sparks was thrown to the ground by Zaroes Brito.
Zaroes Brito is a former Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva.
According to numerous reports, Brito jumped onto Sparks breaking his ankle in several places, requiring hospitalization and surgery. Brito, a Democrat, was heard shouting things about ‘Hitler’, ‘Nazi’ and ‘Trump’ at Sparks during the incident, making it clear he was attacking Sparks for his political beliefs.
Sparks read a prepared statement recapping the pain and suffering he endured.
Feinman argued that Brito should not be held out as an example of others suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” who have attacked conservatives. Feinman claimed Brito showed remorse for the attack, has a wife, 2 children, and is afirst time offender.
Brito was ordered to self-report to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office in 2 weeks, December 2, to serve his 12 days in jail.
“Justice was not served today,” said Sparks supporter Angie Anderson. Eric L. Hager, Sparks’ attorney and the attorney for the State were magnificent. Sparks mom came from Wyoming to stand by his side.” Anderson was incredulous that Brito, “who works for RT America, a pay television news channel registered as a ‘foreign agent'” could qualify for a public defender.”
Brito is a member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America.
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