FORT COLLINS - Colorado State University student Tyler Loendorf, charged with nuisance gathering after a party-turned-riot in April, was found not guilty after he took his case to trial.
The riot in Fort Collins happened in April when roughly a thousand people clogged a neighborhood. Police charged 15 people in connection with the incident. One of them was Loendorf.
"Everyone looks at me as they guy who started the riot," Loendorf said.
Loendorf's apartment was registered for just 10 people on the night of the party. He says he kept things under control inside his place as the party grew outside.
"Did everything in my power to prevent it escalating the way it did," Loendorf said.
He says he worked with police and was trying to make the best of a situation. Loendorf was charged with nuisance gathering. He says he remembers the conversation with a prosecuting attorney.
"He gave me a 2 percent chance of winning. He referred back to the Ram's Pointe pool party, about a couple years ago, and how not a single person ever won for one of these tickets," Loendorf said.
Still, Loendorf took his case to trial. And with no attorney, he was found not guilty.
"I cross-examined all of the police officers, talked with every single one of them, tried to get their opinion and was able to show the judge that, even though there was a big party, there was also people who did the right thing," Loendorf said.
He says he wants to move on with his life now and to clear his name.
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