Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police two decades ago led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving on Monday and was sentenced to 20 days of house arrest. He was also fined $500 in connection with the Moreno Valley arrest last summer.
King's sentence also includes three years' probation.
King, 46, was arrested seven months ago on suspicion of drunken driving. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly 0.06, which is under the legal limit of 0.08. King also had trace amounts of marijuana in his system, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was driving a 1994 Mitsubishi in July, when he was pulled over by a traffic officer in Moreno Valley.
King was beaten in 1991 by Los Angeles police officers after a traffic stop. He was left with skull fractures and brain and kidney damage, according to CNN. King's beating was captured on video by a nearby resident, and resulted in the indictment of four officers. The following year there were three acquittals and a mistrial in what is said to be a predominantly white suburb of Simi Valley.
CNN reported that those verdicts sparked three days of riots in African-American neighborhoods and when it was over 55 people were dead and more than 2,000 were hurt. Property damage from the riot exceeded $1 billion. Two of the officers involved were later convicted of federal civil rights charges, and King got $3.8 million in damages from the city in a civil suit, according to CNN.