‘Final defendant’ convicted for hockey riot

Patricia Drey

An eighth defendant was convicted Thursday in connection with University-area riots following the Gophers men’s hockey championship game April 12.

Nicholas Lagos, a General College student, was found guilty of aiding and abetting first-degree damage to property by helping flip two cars.

Lagos is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20 in Hennepin County District Court.

After the championship game, rioters started fires and looted businesses in Dinkytown and other areas surrounding the University.

Lagos is the final defendant to be convicted in connection with the riot, according to a statement from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Seven other defendants have pleaded guilty and were sentenced for felony crimes connected to the riot. The other defendants are Ahmad Samaha, Jason Niehaus, Nicholas Chlebeck, David Hanson, Adam Sienkowski, Travis Hinck and Eric Berge.