Charges dismissed for Huntsville man convicted of bringing gun to immigration policy protest


Shane Ryan Sealy

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Prosecutors have dismissed two misdemeanor charges against Shane Ryan Sealy, 35, stemming from an incident where he brought a gun to an immigration rights rally at Big Spring Park in June.

It’s not clear why the charges were dropped. Shane Ryan Sealy, 35, was convicted on reckless endangerment and menacing charges in Huntsville Municipal Court in November and was sentenced to 80 days in jail, a $500 fine and 12 months probation.

Sealy appealed the convictions and was set to go on trial in Madison County Circuit Court on Jan. 14.

Sealy’s attorney told us the charges were dismissed Thursday. WHNT News 19 asked him why the case was dismissed and he referred us to city prosecutors.

We reached out to City Attorney Trey Riley about why the case was dismissed, but he did not respond to requests for comment.

Huntsville Police arrested Sealy in June after he pulled out a gun at the “Families Belong Together” protest in Big Spring Park.

“He pulled out a gun. I saw him holding it out in front of him. We just started screaming for everybody to drop to the ground,” said Ava Caldwell, the event’s emcee, at the time. “We all dropped to the ground crying.”


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