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WFPL host, BLM activist pleads guilty to misdemeanor in stolen car case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 'Black Lives Matter' activist and co-host of a local podcast on WFPL pleaded guilty in Jefferson District Court Friday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted receiving stolen property after being arrested for driving a stolen car.

Jaison Gardner was sentenced to a year in jail, which was conditionally discharged as long as he stays out of trouble for the next two years.

"Mr. Gardner is relieved to have this matter resolved so that he can continue to focus on issues important to the community, especially those affecting people of color, including the black lives matter movement,” attorney Annie O'Connell, who represents Gardner, said in a statement.

The local podcaster and "Black Lives Matter" advocate was arrested Aug. 1 and charged with receiving stolen property, which is a felony. Police said a detective spotted Gardner downtown, parking the stolen car. 

At the time, O'Connell said the charge was "essentially a contract dispute" over a rental car. "He looks forward to sorting it out."

Gardner also had an outstanding warrant stemming from a forgery and theft case in Indianapolis.

O'connell said the warrant has been recalled and "he will be concluding that matter soon, as well."

Stephen George, executive editor of Louisville Public Media, said the podcast, "Strange Fruit," has been suspended since Gardner's arrest. 

Now, George said, he, Gardner and others involved with the show will discuss its future. 

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