Mychal Bell was the 17-year-old who was arrested and eventually led to the Jena 6 protests earlier this year. He has agreed to a plea deal that could lead to his release by June according to his lawyer.
Originally Bell was charged as an adult with attempted murder in an assault on a fellow student at Jena High School in 2006.
He was convicted of second-degree battery but that was overturned in September when an appeals court ruled that he should not have been tried as an adult. He still faces charges in the Juvenile system.
The reason he is currently in jail after his conviction was overturned is the fact that he had a probation violation relating to an earlier juvenile conviction. Didn’t hear about the fact that he had already broken the law from any of the protesters, didja?