Levi Lovell, a former campaign staffer for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who was accused of harassing then-Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and her supporters at a fundraiser in August, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Wednesday.
Associate Judge Esteban Sanchez imposed the agreed sentence of one year of court supervision, a $350 fine and 20 hours of community service.
Accompanied by attorney John Sharp, Lovell, 25, of Hillsboro, told the judge in Sangamon County circuit court that he understood with his guilty plea that he was foregoing a trial.
Lovell was arrested the evening of Aug. 15, after Springfield police said he showed up at a fundraiser at J.P. Kelly’s Pub downtown Springfield, was believed to be intoxicated, and, according to police Lt. Brian Oakes, was “purposely trying to record members of … Londrigan’s campaign, trying to get them to say something inappropriate.”
Some of the exchange was caught on video that made it to social media and news reports.
Lovell was initially jailed for alleged aggravated assault before posting bond the next day. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge Wednesday.
He was quickly fired by the Davis campaign following the incident.
“There is no way that I would ever send anyone to go sit at a bar for multiple hours and become intoxicated with my opponent’s supporters,” Davis told reporters following the arrest. Davis, R-Taylorville, said he didn’t condone the behavior, and said Lovell had made “an unfortunate mistake that I hope Levi is able to get through.”
Londrigan said the day after the fundraiser that she was “disturbed that someone would show up at and try to harass and intimidate me and my family, but he is sorely mistaken if he thinks that is going to slow me down one bit.”
In last week’s election, Davis defeated Londrigan by a single percentage point in the 13th Congressional District race.
November 14, 2018 at 06:54PM