Dover man convicted on charges stemming from 2020 political rally
DOVER, Del. – A Dover man was convicted on Thursday of first degree reckless endangering and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Michael Hastings was originally indicted in October of 2020 after he pulled out a handgun and pointed it towards others during a political rally in late September 2020.
Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings released the following statement on the conviction:
“Pointing a loaded gun at anyone is always dangerous, full stop,” said Attorney General Jennings. “This was a heinous, reckless, and dangerous act that could have easily ended in tragedy. The defendant’s actions seriously endangered his fellow citizens who were exercising their right to free speech, and he now faces the consequences. I’m especially grateful to our Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust, and specifically to Deputy Attorneys General Nicole Mozee and David Skoranski, for their work on this case. DCRPT has again demonstrated that it doesn’t matter your personal politics — if you threaten harm to our fellow Delawareans, you will face prosecution.”